As the holiday season starts, it’s important for Long Island homeowners to make sure their home stays safe. Keep the following holiday fire hazards in mind, so you and your family can have a safe and enjoyable time this year.
Sitting near a cozy fire in your fireplace is a great way to spend evenings during the holidays. However, you shouldn’t light any fires in your fireplace unless it’s been cleaned and inspected. Creosote can accumulate inside your chimney, resulting in a big fire hazard. You should also ensure that the damper is open before using your fireplace, and have a screen in front of your fireplace to prevent sparks from reaching your carpet or other flammable items nearby.
As temperatures drop, you’ll find yourself using your furnace more often, especially if you’ll be having company over. To make sure your furnace is in good condition and safe to use, it’s important to schedule routine maintenance on it. You should also have a carbon monoxide detector in your home if you have a furnace that uses natural gas. This detector lets you know if carbon monoxide is in your home due to a gas leak.
Space Heater Hazards
If you rely on space heaters for added warmth, make sure they’re placed far away from curtains, upholstered furniture and holiday items that are flammable, such as Christmas trees and stockings. Space heaters should be at least a few feet away from these items, although it’s even safer to use them in a different room.
Stoves can be a source of holiday fire hazards, especially if you have a gas stove with an open flame. When you’re preparing large meals for holiday guests, make sure that someone is in the kitchen at all times to keep an eye on the stove. This helps lower the risk of fires in the kitchen and ensures that any potential fires are dealt with immediately.
If your heating system needs maintenance or repairs this winter, please contact Cool Power. We offer dependable HVAC services in the Long Island area.
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