Tips to Safely Heat Your Home This Winter

Each year over 20,000 people go to the ER because of carbon monoxide poisoning. This colorless, odorless gas is called the silent killer because it’s essentially undetectable without a carbon monoxide detector

Carbon monoxide, according to the CDC, is produced by fireplaces, boilers, furnaces, stoves, and gas ranges so it only makes sense that carbon monoxide poisoning climbs during the winter months when people are trying to keep their homes heated. To help keep your home safe, Stevenson Service Experts is here with some tips to safety warm your home. 

  • Install a CO detector on each floor of your home and change the batteries yearly. 
  • Keep all potential sources of combustion, such as clothing, rugs, or bedding, a distance over three feet away from space heaters, stoves, furnaces or fireplaces. 
  • Before igniting a fire in the fireplace, always check to ensure the chimney damper is open and unobstructed. 
  • Do not leave portable heaters or fireplaces alone. Shut off space heaters and confirm all embers in the fireplace are completely extinguished before leaving either heating source unattended. 
  • Space heaters should always be positioned on the floor, and on a hard, incombustible surface, like porcelain tile. Keep young ones and furbabies away from space heaters. 
  • When buying a new space heater, buy a model that shuts off automatically if the heater tips over. 
  • Never use a cooking range to warm your home. 
  • Have wood and coal stoves, fireplaces, chimneys and gas or oil furnaces professionally checked and cleaned every year. 

The ideal thing you can do for your heating system is to ensure it’s not only ready to keep your family warm all winter but also safe, is to call for your fall tune-up. During your heating tune-up, Stevenson Service Experts will check to ensure your furnace is operating safely with a total multi-point inspection and cleaning. Call 614-334-3192 today and find out how you can save on a heating tune-up through November 25th. 

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