We are on the hunt for alternative home heating solutions when the cool breeze sets in. It’s not wrong to use different techniques for the goal of keeping our home warm as long as we are aware how to properly use them. Be guided by these safety tips and prevent mishaps caused by open flames and other fire hazards.
Electric Space Heaters
Avoid plugging your electric space heaters on a power strip and extension wires. It should be directly on the wall outlets. Make sure to check if the thermostat control mechanism allows it to switch off automatically in case the heater malfunctions. Keep children away from it and don’t forget to unplug it when not in use.
Read the manufacturer’s maintenance and installation guide and follow them to ensure safety in using wood stoves. Also, always check the unit for cracks and if sealed properly. Have a regular cleaning of the chimneys and pipes and always inspect for damages. Regular maintenance will help you big time in preventing accidents with heating units.
Make sure to use your kerosene heaters in a well- ventilated room. Before refueling, let the unit cool and bring it outside for refilling. Do not use gasoline because it can easily flame up. Before using one, be sure to familiarize yourself with the regulations on its proper usage from the local fire department.
Fireplaces may look simple to operate but it’s a completely complex unit If you are using one, make sure to always clean your chimney to remove creosote build-up. Regularly check for cracks and hitches because these may cause roof fires. Put a screen on the opening to prevent burning materials from flying out of the fireplace. Be sure to extinguish the fire before leaving your home. Don’t dispose the ash in a trash can; saturate it with water instead.
Reduce Home Fire Risk
Heating systems such as space heater and central heating systems should be set up only by qualified technicians based on the manufacturer’s note and local codes. Don’t forget to schedule appointments for cleaning and maintenance with your local contractors.
The best defense is a good offense. It’s a good idea to have smoke alarms installed in your home. Also, do not forget to create an escape plan for your family. These practices will keep you and your family ready and safe in case an untoward incident happens.