During the winter, most households use equipment that increases the danger of fires and related damage. Furnaces are brought back into service, burning flammable and explosive fuels such as propane or natural gas. Fires in our fireplaces and heating stoves increase the hazards associated with flames. Furnaces and related equipment produce harmful gases while burning the fuel that produces heat.

Here are some tips that will help you maintain an improved level of home safe this winter.

Check and maintain equipment: Have your furnace and related equipment serviced by a professional HVAC technician. Preventive maintenance is vitally important to keep your heating system operating efficiently, effectively, and safely. A pre-season inspection will allow your technician to find and fix any problems or safety issues before the equipment is put into operation.

Use carbon monoxide and smoke detectors: Furnaces, stoves, heaters, and equipment that burns fuel will also generate carbon monoxide (CO), an extremely dangerous and potentially deadly gas that human senses cannot detect. For this reason, it’s imperative to install carbon monoxide detectors in your home. Put a CO detector outside every sleeping area, at each end of the house, and over any attached garages or rooms. In addition, install at least one smoke detector on each floor of your home. Test all detectors at the start of the season and make sure they have fresh batteries.

Keep the fireplace and chimney clean: Blockages and similar problems in your fireplace and chimney can lead to smoke damage or the spread of fire outside of controlled areas. Clean your fireplace and chimney before the season begins or contact a professional to have it done. Make sure vents and dampers work properly. Be extra vigilant to make sure fire or embers do not escape into your home.

Pipe Works Services is a leading source of professional plumbing, heating, and air conditioning services for customers in Chatham and the surrounding communities. Contact us today for more information on home safety this winter and how to keep your home warm and comfortable, while also free from as many potential dangers as possible. Our goal is to help educate our customers in Chatham, NJ, and surrounding areas about energy and home comfort issues (specific to HVAC systems).

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