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  1. 1. Winter season Heating Safety Tips for the HomeWe still have more winter ahead of us in many parts of the United States and Heating and Cooling FortCollins wanted to pass along some pointers to keep in mind as you heat your home. Safety is crucial whenutilizing any kind of heating tool.Heating equipment is the biggest source of fires from December through January, and the third leadingsource of fire deaths in American homes. The heating equipment itself is generally not the concern; ratherhuman mistake is associated with nearly all home heating fires in the U.S.Correct installation, upkeep, fueling and operation of portable and space heaters, as well as safely arranginghousehold items around them, significantly decreases your danger of house heating fires. Typical mistakesthat too typically turn deadly include failing to clean chimneys; placing portable or other space heaters toonear furniture, bed linen, or clothing; and improper fueling and venting of fueled heating equipment.Top Tips from Heating and Cooling Fort CollinsKerosene HeatersIf you are thinking about buying a portable kerosene heating unit, make sure to contact your local buildingdivision first to learn if it is legal in your community. Never utilize gas or other alternative fuel in a mobilekerosene heater, the wrong fuel might burn warmer than the equipments design limits and trigger a severefire. Use the appropriate grade of the correct fuel for your liquid-fueled space heater. Never use gasoline inany heating system not authorized for gasoline use. Only refuel cooled equipment in a well ventilatedlocation.Fireplaces and Wood StovesIf your home has a fireplace or wood stove, the chimney must be evaluated by a professional for appropriateinstallment, cracks, blockages, leakages, or creosote development prior to the beginning of every heatingseason. Creosote, a chemical substance that forms when wood burns, builds up in chimneys and could causea chimney fire if not removed with cleaning. With this in mind, have the chimney cleaned if required andalways make certain to open the flue for adequate ventilation when using the fireplace.In your fireplace or wood stove, use only dry, seasoned wood to prevent the buildup of creosote. Never everburn paper or pine branches, due to the fact that there embers could float out the chimney and spark yourroofing or a neighboring home. Use only paper or kindling wood, not a flammable fluid, to start the fire.Ensure your fireplace has a durable screen to prevent sparks from flying into the space. Allow fireplace andwood stove ashes to cool entirely before disposing of them in a metal container away from your home.Make sure that your wood or coal stove bears the label of an acknowledged screening lab and meets localfire codes. Follow the manufacturers recommendations for proper setup, use, and maintenance. Chimney
  2. 2. connections and chimney flues need to be checked at the beginning of each heating season and cleanedregularly. Follow the exact same safety rules for wood stoves as you would for space heaters. Make certainthe wood stove is put on an accepted stove board to protect the floor from heat and hot coals. Consult yourlocal fire department and local code officials before having your wood stove installed.With fireplaces, secure your house from sparks by using a fire screen made of durable metal or heat-tempered glass. Be sure that dampers are in working order and never ever leave fires ignored, particularly ina location made use of by children or pets.Space HeatersKeep flammable products away from portable and space heaters. Put all space heaters a minimum of 3 feetfar from furniture, walls, curtains, or anything else that burns. Turn off space heaters when you leave houseor go to sleep.Place the heater on a level area away from areas where somebody might bump it and knock it over. Do notuse an extension cord. Plug your electric-powered space heater into an outlet with adequate capacity.Evaluate cords for fractures or various other damage and have an electrician change frayed, fractured, ordamaged cords. If the cord overheats while the unit is in use, have the heater evaluated and serviced.Keep electric heaters far from water and never ever utilize them near a sink or in the bathroom.When getting a heater, look for one that has been tested and identified by a nationally acknowledged testingcompany, like the Underwriters Laboratories Inc. (UL).Vents and ChimneysAll fuel heaters have to be vented to prevent dangerous carbon monoxide build-up in your home. Creosoteand carbon deposits, caused by inefficient combustion in fireplaces and wood stoves, could coat chimneyflues and pose a fire threat. Uncommonly high concentrations of chimney deposits can mean your fireplaceor wood stove is not burning effectively and should be inspected for safety. Consider setting up a sparkarrester on top of any chimney that vents a solid-fuel stove or fireplace as well.Ensure you have a carbon monoxide detector in the house along with operating smoke detectors located onall floors says Heating and Cooling Fort Collins. Carbon monoxide gas is a colorless, odorless, potentiallydeadly gas produced by fuel burning equipment, such as furnaces or kerosene heaters.Heating and Cooling Fort Collins