October is fire prevention month, so as we head into colder days in Harford County, it’s important to keep in mind some fire safety tips. Furnaces are likely to cause fires when there are gas leaks, blocked vents, and flammable materials close to the unit. This time of year, many of us in Bel Air and surrounding cities are also using our fireplaces more often, so there are precautions to take to keep your fireplace safe.
The best way to prevent furnace fires is with regular HVAC maintenance, so if you haven’t made your appointment with One Hour Heating and Air this season, give us a call.
7 Tips for Preventing Fires this Fall and Winter
- Keep paint products, chemical cleaners, and any other flammable materials far away from the furnace, as the smallest spark could ignite a fire.
- Check all batteries in smoke detectors to make sure they are working. There should be a smoke alarm in each room.
- Never leave a space heater on when no one is home, and always keep them away from anything flammable.
- Hire a chimney sweep to inspect your chimney and fireplace, and make sure the flue is open before you light a fire.
- Keep lighters and matches high up so young children can’t reach them and start a fire.
- Keep lighted candles out of reach of kids, and always blow them out before you leave home.
- Discuss a fire escape route with your family. Tell kids how to get out safely, where to meet outside, and then practice the plan.
One Hour Heating and Air Cares About Your Family’s Safety
During a furnace HVAC inspection, we will check your thermostat, change your furnace filter, and clean and check your components to make sure there are no potential gas leaks. It’s best to head into colder months with peace of mind that you don’t need to worry about a fire, so call us to schedule your preventative maintenance appointment today!