Stay Warm, Stay Safe!
Under normal circumstances, a properly maintained heating system should pose no safety risk to building residents. However, there are certain practices that are dangerous no matter how new or well-maintained a heating system is and thus, should be avoided at all costs.
We want you to be safe not only this winter, but all through the year! Thankfully, there are some simple steps you can take to prevent most heating-related fires from happening. To ensure that your family is as safe as possible, make sure everyone in your household is familiar with these safety precautions recommended by the National Fire Protection Association:
- Keep anything that can burn at least three feet away from your heating system.
- Establish a three-foot “kid-free zone” around all heating equipment, including radiators.
- Have your heating system inspected and tuned by your Bioheat® fuel dealer annually.
- Test your smoke and carbon monoxide (CO) detectors monthly, change the batteries as needed, and replace the alarms before their expiration dates (usually every 10 years for a smoke detector, 5-7 years for a CO detector).
- Never use the stove or a portable space heater to help heat your home. If your central heating system isn’t doing a good enough job, talk to your Bioheat® fuel dealer.
- Have a qualified professional install stationary space heating equipment, water heaters or central heating equipment according to the local codes and manufacturer’s instructions.
- If you have a fireplace, make sure it has a sturdy screen to stop sparks from flying into the room. Ashes should be cool before putting them in a metal container. Make sure to keep the container a safe distance away from your home.
Additionally, candles start more than one-third of all home decoration-related structure fires. Consider using battery-operated candles in place of traditional candles. Never leave an open flame unattended and remember to always keep burning candles within sight. Finally, make sure to extinguish all candles before you go to sleep, leave the room or leave the building.
These important tips require little to no cost and might even save a life. Be sure to visit our find a dealer page to find a full-service Bioheat® fuel dealer near you. They can answer all your home heating questions, and are always happy to serve you!