Tips to Safely Heat Your Home This Winter

Annually, over 20,000 people go to the emergency room because of carbon monoxide poisoning. The odorless, colorless gas is known as the silent killer because it’s practically undetectable without a carbon monoxide detector

Carbon monoxide, as specified by the CDC, is produced by fireplaces, boilers, furnaces, stoves, and gas ranges so it only makes sense that carbon monoxide poisoning increases during the heating months when people are trying to warm their homes. To help keep your family safe, Stevenson Service Experts is here with a few tips to safety heat your home. 

  • Install a CO detector on all floors of your home and change the batteries annually. 
  • Keep all possible sources of combustion, such as paper, clothing, bedding, or rugs, a minimum of three feet away from space heaters, stoves, furnaces or fireplaces. 
  • Before starting a fire in the fireplace, be sure to check to verify the chimney damper is open and unobstructed. 
  • Don’t leave portable heaters or fireplaces unwatched. Shut off space heaters and be sure all embers in the fireplace are totally extinguished before going to bed or leaving home. 
  • Space heaters should always be placed on the floor, and on a hard, nonflammable surface, like porcelain tile. Keep young ones and animals away from space heaters. 
  • When purchasing a new space heater, invest in a model that turns off automatically if the heater falls over. 
  • Don’t use a cooking range to increase the temperature in your home. 
  • Have fireplaces, chimneys, gas or oil furnaces, and coal and wood stoves professionally inspected and cleaned annually. 

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

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