Make Sure Those Heating Systems are Ready for Winter
Central heating system owners are being reminded to do what they can now to prepare for the colder months ahead.
Deputy State Fire Marshal Robert Wittenberg says failing to maintain your heating system could result in a catastrophic fire or a build up of carbon monoxide.
"That may involve having a professional come out and service that fuel burning or electric heating system ideally every year to make sure it's operating safely and efficiently." explained Wittenberg, "Also, be aware of how the system operates and what dangers it could possibly present."
Other tips include:
- Keep any flammable materials at least 3 feet away from the furnace to reduce the risk of ignition.
- If the pilot light of your gas furnace goes out, allow 5 minutes or more for the gas to clear. Then, follow the manufacturer’s instructions for relighting the pilot.
- If you smell gas in or around your gas furnace that does not dissipate, do not try to relight it. Evacuate and call 9-1-1.
- Keep exterior venting clear of snow, ice, and other debris to reduce the risk of carbon monoxide accumulation inside the home.
- Install and maintain smoke alarms inside your home to alert you to fire danger.
- Install and maintain carbon monoxide (CO) alarms inside your home to alert you in case of carbon monoxide accumulation.
- Develop and practice a home escape plan.
For more information, contact the State Fire Marshall's Office at (360) 596-3929.