This winter, residents of Virginia and DC may not be firing up their furnaces as they used to to escape the cold winds and snow. However, the risk of fire caused by their heating systems may be something that many are ill-prepared for when the cold does hit. Too many families allow their heaters to sit around during the summer, then fire them up at the first sign of bad weather. This is especially risky when the system is old and not in good condition.
However, even if your HVAC system has been tested and serviced recently, it's always good to be prepared for a fire should one occur. Here are some tips for making your home safer in the event of a heating fire, courtesy of the U.S. Fire Administration:
- If you supplement your house heating apparatus with electric space heaters, make sure to plug them directly into the wall rather than use an extension cord.
- Keep the space around any vents or radiators clear, particularly of items that are combustible. Hanging clothes to dry on your heater is always a bad idea, and placing furniture in front of your heater can cause the heat to become trapped and build up to dangerous levels.
- Make sure the batteries in your smoke and carbon monoxide detectors are fresh and that the devices themselves are working properly.
Once again, it is highly recommended that you have your heater inspected by a DC heating repair specialist, so we welcome all DC area residents to contact John C. Flood to schedule an appointment with one of our experts to provide regular servicing to your furnace, boiler and heating system.