Record cold temperatures have hit the region and everyone is focused on staying warm in this winter weather. Chim Chimney also wants you to be safe during these record low temps, and offers these residential heating safety tips to keep you and your family protected right now:
Keep anything that can burn, including your kids, at least three feet away from your furnace, fireplace, wood stove or space heater.
NEVER use your oven to heat your home.
Turn portable heaters off when you leave the room or go to bed.
Always use the correct fuel for fuel burning space heaters, and seasoned wood in your wood-burning fireplace.
An often over-looked danger in the home during frigid temperatures is carbon-monoxide poisoning. This is the number one cause of accidental poisoning in the United States. Because the toxic gas is odorless and colorless, it is often not detected until it is too late. Initial symptoms can mirror that of the flu, but with exposure, residents simply pass out and often perish.
If you have a fueled heater, be sure it is vented properly to prevent these dangerous gases from building up in your home. And follow these additional tips:
Install a carbon-monoxide detector on each level of your home.
Inspect the carbon-monoxide detectors at least once a year.
Keep detectors at least 20 feet away from fuel burning appliances, and 10 feet from humid locations like the bathroom or kitchen.
Consider installing a spark arrester on top of your chimney that vents a solid-fuel stove or fireplace.
Have your heating equipment and chimneys cleaned and inspected every year by a qualified professional. Chim Chimney is a Certified Member of the Chimney Safety Institute of America and proud member of the local Better Business Bureau. Rely on their years of experience to help keep your home, and your family, safe during the winter months.