Heating Equipment: Practicing Fire Safety
The chill in the air only means one thing: It’s getting to be that time of year again when the temperature drops and we begin thinking about turning on our home or business’ heating system. It is always important to discuss fire safety when using any type of heating system in order to decrease fire risk. Today’s blog will take 3 statistical observations from the National Fire Protection Agency into consideration in order to discuss a few different ways in which you can prevent your property from becoming part of the statistics.
1. “Most home heating fire deaths (81%) involved stationary or portable space heaters.”
Decrease your home or business’ fire risk by keeping objects, especially those that are combustible like blankets and upholstery, at least 3ft away from portable heaters at all times.
2. “The leading factor contributing to home heating fires (25%) was failure to clean, principally from solid-fueled heating equipment, primarily chimneys.”
Soiled-fueled heating systems, such as chimneys, should be cleaned by professionals of a yearly basis. Annual chimney inspections and cleanings can help decrease your property’s fire risk.
3. “Nearly half (48%) of all home heating fires occurred in December, January and February.”
During the colder months, it can be tempting to keep hearing sources working 24/7. However, fires can ignite when heaters are unsupervised. When you leave the room or go to bed, be sure to turn off your portable heater.
Call SERVPRO Team Wall for Fire Damage Restoration Services
On our website, you can find more Fire Tips, in addition to information about our Fire Damage Restoration services and Fire Restoration Process. In the colder months to follow, call SERVPRO Team Wall at (412) 672-5400 if your home or business experiences fire damage this fall or winter. Trust our team’s experience and expertise to make it “Like it never even happened.”