According to the National Fire Protection Association, half of home heating equipment fires are reported during the months of December, January and February. To mitigate your risk of home fire, the experts at American Home Shield recommend taking note of the warning signs associated with home heating systems.
What homeowners should keep an eye on:
Gas odors – If you smell gas around your heating unit or home, leave the area and call your gas company immediately.
Pilot light – Be sure your pilot light is burning a steady blue flame. If it is not, call your heating professional or local gas company.
Exhaust fan – Take a close look at your exhaust fan for any rust, damage or deterioration. If you notice any, call a qualified professional and describe what you see to determine whether a repair is needed.
Space heaters – Space heaters should be plugged directly into a wall outlet (never into an extension cord), and turned off at night. When in use, always be sure space heaters are a safe distance from curtains and other flammable items.
Homeowners should also be vigilant about maintaining their heating system.
"One of the most important things that a homeowner can do is to have their heating system inspected and serviced annually by a licensed professional," said Dave Quandt, vice president of field services for American Home Shield. "Not only can it help keep your heating unit in top condition, but it can help you avoid potentially dangerous safety issues down the road.”
Source: American Home Shield
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