How To Prevent Accidental Household Heating Fires This Season

How To Prevent Accidental Household Heating Fires This Season

Eliminate The Risk Of Heating Fires

Did you know that the number two cause of home fires is heating equipment, according to the National Fire Protection Agency (NFPA)? That’s right, from 2012 - 2016 heating equipment led to 52,050 fires, 490 deaths and roughly $1 billion in property damage. Alarming, right? Well, as you keep your home warm and cozy this winter, keep the following heating-related fire prevention tips in mind:

Heating Fire Stats & Facts

  • Space heaters account for roughly 70% of all winter fires which are usually caused by circuit overloads. Electrical and contact fires are common, but these devices can also cause electric shock as well as burns.

  • Fireplaces are another common source of winter fires due to their high burning temperature and flying embers. Remember to clean and maintain both the fireplace and the chimney throughout the season.

  • Malfunctioning furnaces can lead to combustible natural gas leaks. Natural gas is extremely flammable and can even cause explosions while leaks can cause carbon monoxide poisoning.

  • Radiators can be prone to overheating and can cause thermal injuries. Additionally, placing flammable items near or on top of the radiator can cause a fire in a matter of seconds.

What You Can Do To Prevent Heating Fires

  • Consider upgrading a central heating system rather than using the above alternatives as primary heat sources this winter. Central heating systems are much safer as they don’t generally produce exposed flames and they’re not usually located in high-traffic areas of the house where people, pets or flammable objects might come in contact with the equipment.

  • Remember to test smoke and carbon monoxide detectors at least twice a year. If they are broken or are malfunctioning, replace them right away.

  • Get your chimney cleaned by a professional at least once a year and keep a fireplace screen or doors in place while the fire is burning.

  • Always keep flammable items at least three feet away from all heating equipment. This includes, but is not limited to, gasoline, clothing, paper items, wood, paid, bedding and drapery.

  • If you must use a supplemental heating appliance, only plug one in at a time and plug it directly into a wall outlet rather than an extension cord.

  • Always turn heaters off before leaving the house or going to bed.

Heating System Repair & Replacement

In need of a new heating system because your current one is unsafe or simply isn’t cutting it anymore? Having a working heating system isn't a luxury anymore– it's essential. However, finding a trustworthy company to provide you with affordable, high-quality heating services can be a task. Whether your existing heating system has come to the end of its life or you are simply considering upgrading, our heating contractors at Total Comfort Solutions can help. We have years of experience in the industry and offer a wide selection of efficient and reliable systems. If you have specific requirements, we would be happy to discuss them with you.

If you have any questions or would like to make an appointment to discuss a heating system, contact us at (509) 956-4764.

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