As the seasons change, and the temperatures begin to drop, millions of Americans will fire up their home heating system to stay warm. According to the National Fire Protection Agency, 15 percent of all fires are caused by home heating equipment. Fortunately, there are steps you can take to ensure your family is safe when it comes time to turn up the heat.
Propane Heat and Safety
There are pros and cons to every type of home heating system, but did you know that propane is one of the safest and most cost-effective ways to heat your home? Propane heat produces more heat per gallon compared to other heating fuels.
Propane is flammable, but propane companies add mercaptan to propane to give it a distinctive smell. If you smell rotten eggs, leave your house and call your gas company.
Having your system serviced regularly will prevent any malfunctions that could result in a fire. Getting your propane delivered on a subscription basis can also prevent risks that occur when your propane levels get too low.
Is Natural Gas Safe?
Natural gas can be a safe and efficient way to heat your home, as long as the proper precautions are taken. Natural gas is inexpensive and more reliable for the environment than oil or coal. To take the headache out of any future renovation work, mark your pipes the same was as professionals do and it will help prevent accidents when renovating in the future.
To ensure that you’re getting the most out of your natural gas heating system, you should have your furnace serviced once a year. The majority of fires and explosions involving a natural gas heating system are caused by furnace malfunctions. You should never store flammable materials near your furnace and allows have a working carbon monoxide detector in your home.
Avoid Electrical Fires
One of the leading causes of electrical fires is space heaters. In fact, the majority of electrical fires occur in December and January when homeowners are trying to stay warm. The biggest concern when it comes to space heaters is their portability. Homeowners inadvertently position space heaters near combustible objects like throw rugs, drapes, and upholstered furniture. Space heater coils reach incredibly high temperatures, allowing them to ignite anything they come into contact with.
Space heaters can be safe when used properly, and because they don’t require as much energy as baseboard heaters, they’re also cost-effective. Space heaters that function as radiators are safer than traditional space heaters. They diffuse heat over their entire surface, instead of just near the coils. Consider an electric fireplace that will heat your home safely and add ambiance to any room.
No matter which home heating system you have, routine maintenance and common sense precautions will keep you and your family safe during the winter season. Fire damage to your home can be handled (and handled well), but it’s best to do everything you can to keep your home safe.