Stay Warm and Safe This Winter

January 12, 2017

With the cold weather we all tend to spend the majority of our time in our homes trying to stay warm. While sometimes curling up with a blanket and drinking coffee will do the trick, Midway Services is here with some tips on how to stay warm (and safe!) this season.

Install Carbon Monoxide Detectors

Make sure you have carbon monoxide (CO) detectors installed on all floors of your home, specifically near bedrooms, and test them to make sure they are functioning. Since CO cannot be detected because it is odorless and invisible, it’s crucial that you have operating CO detectors to make sure your home is safe.

Get Your Chimney Inspection

This is the ideal time of year to get the fireplace roaring, but before you do, make sure you have your chimney cleaned and examined by a specialist. The fireplace may be a source of CO if you don’t have it regularly cleaned and maintained.

Be Careful with Space Heaters

Space heaters are generally safe, energy efficient, and a helpful way to heat small areas of your home, but confirm it has been authorized by a recognized testing laboratory and contains an automatic shut-off feature. Obey all manufacturer’s instructions and make sure it is placed on a hard, level surface at least three feet away from anything flammable.

Furnace Tune-Up

With a heating tune-up from Midway Services in Clearwater, we will perform a safety check of your heating equipment to ensure there are no leaks or carbon monoxide issues. Along with a heating tune-up, confirm your heating vents are not obstructed and that you’re changing your air filter every month. This will keep the air flow unrestricted and help stop allergens from exacerbating respiratory issues.


If You Need Help Staying Warm, Ask

There are proper ways and wrong ways to make sure your home is heated – using the oven, a grill, or a camp stove are all wrong ways. Using these devices to heat your home could cause a fire or a dangerous reserve of carbon monoxide. If you need support paying your energy bills, visit NeedHelpPayingBills.com to find a service in Clearwater.

To be sure your home is ready to keep you safe and warm through the winter, call Midway Services at 727-219-2471 today.

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