Tips for Safely Heating Your Home

Baby, It’s Cold Out There!

Colder temperatures call for drastic measures, but not when it comes to safely heating your home. Follow our tips this winter to keep your family cozy – and safe.

  1. Schedule a Preventative Maintenance Check. Properly servicing your systems allows our professionals to check/test for things like: carbon monoxide, electrical connections, and proper venting, which all contribute to your well-being.
  2. Use Portable Heaters Safely. Make sure that these are located out of high traffic areas and 3 feet away from combustible materials to prevent: tripping hazards, burning injuries and fires. These also need to be plugged directly into an outlet, not a power strip or extension cord for precaution from fires as well.
  3. Don’t Use Your Oven to Heat Your Home. These were designed to heat internally, not an entire home, and is very unsafe – especially for children, elderly and pets.
  4. Invest in a carbon monoxide reader. CO can be fatal once levels reach too high in your home. Because CO is an odorless gas, it is vital to invest in a CO reader to protect yourself and your family before it’s too late.
  5. If using a liquid fueled heater, make sure that you’re using the right one. Never use a substitute or lower-grade fuel. Refuel your heater outdoors in an area where spills won’t present a fire hazard. Refuel only when the equipment is cool. Adding fuel to a hot heater can cause the fumes to ignite.
  6. Check your fireplace. Be sure dampers are in working order and never leave fires unattended. Protect your home from sparks by using a fire screen made of sturdy metal or heat-tempered glass.

Start today by calling your friends at Keystone for your maintenance check!  614/321-4447.