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Keeping your family safe: Essential home heating safety measures you need to know

Home heating safety tips for winter chill

During the chill of winter, keeping your home warm and comfortable is of utmost priority. It’s the season when equipment and appliances like central heating systems, water heaters and furnaces are put to their longest and optimum use. However, the warmth that these household aids generate is not without risks. Heating, ventilation and air conditioning systems are likely to cause accidents, if not used properly or not maintained in the right way. Here are 5 practices that will help you enjoy a cold season that’s warm and safe. 

5 essential home heating safety measures you need to know

1. Maintain central heating systems

Your central heating system serves as the heart of your home’s heating arrangement. Schedule regular maintenance checks to ensure the system runs efficiently. 

You should clean or replace filters, check for leaks, and ensure all vents are unobstructed. A well-maintained central heating system not only keeps your home warm but also minimizes the risk of malfunctions.

2. Place space heaters safely

Space heaters are a great way to heat up your living area. While utilizing this equipment, make sure to place it on a level, non-flammable surface and at a minimum distance of 3 feet from combustible materials such as curtains and furniture. 

Always follow the manufacturer’s guidelines and turn off the space heater when leaving the room or going to sleep. Additionally, avoid using extension cords. These precautions prevent potential accidents and house fires.

3. Unplug portable heaters when not in use

If portable heaters are your thing, make sure they are in good working condition. Place these devices away from high-traffic areas to prevent accidental bumps or knocks. Also, remember to unplug the portable heater when not in use, to reduce the risk of electrical issues.

4. Get your furnace inspected without delay 

If your home heater is not working as expected, don’t delay in seeking professional assistance from heating and air conditioning services in Philadelphia. A malfunctioning heating furnace can not only compromise your comfort but also pose safety risks. Contact a reliable HVAC company to inspect and repair your heating system promptly.

5. Choose the right home heating fuel 

Whether your heating system relies on oil, propane, or another fuel source, it’s crucial to use the right fuel from reliable heating oil companies and follow recommended guidelines. Proper fuel usage not only optimizes your heating system’s performance but also prevents safety mishaps and hazards.

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