October 3, 2022
Fire Prevention Week is October 9 – 15th so we thought we would offer some home fire prevention safety tips to help you keep your home and family protected.
Home Fire Prevention Tips From Your Heating & Cooling Comfort Pros:
- 30% of fires caused by home heating systems is due to a failure to have the equipment properly maintained. It is important to have your heating equipment cleaned and inspected every year. The WK Comfort Club is a great way to stay on track and ensure that the HVAC equipment in your home is safe and in good working order! Find out more here: https://wkmechanical.com/maintenance-agreement/
- Smoke & Carbon Monoxide detectors are a key component in keeping your family safe in the event of a fire. Below are some smoke alarm rules:
- You should have smoke detectors outside every sleeping area.
- They should also be located on every level of your home including the basement.
- Test your Smoke & Carbon Monoxide Detectors every 30 days and replace the batteries yearly to ensure that they are in good working order.
- Replace all smoke alarms within 10 years of the manufacture date printed on the back.
- Consider installing an interconnected smoke alarm system, so that when one sounds, they all sound.
- Also consider the installation of a central station fire alarm so that in the event of a fire, the authorities are alerted. This could save valuable time and potentially save your home.
- Make sure you have a fully charged fire extinguisher on every floor of your home.
- 56% of reported home heating fire deaths were the result of HVAC equipment being too close to things that can burn, such as upholstered furniture, clothing, mattress, or bedding. Be sure the space around your HVAC equipment is clear.
- Be sure to properly maintain your fireplace.
- Have your chimney cleaned and inspected annually.
- Make sure the fireplace has a sturdy screen to stop sparks from flying into the room.
- Ashes should be cool before putting them in a metal container.
- Keep the metal ash container a safe distance away from your home (not on a porch or deck).
- Make sure your dryer is lint-free. Don’t just clean the filter but also the vent hose.
- In the event of a fire, closing the door to the room can significantly slow the spread of the fire.
We care about your family’s safety and want to help you do all you can to prevent a home heating fire. If you have any questions about your home’s safety, please get in touch with us. We are always happy to chat with you and answer any questions or concerns you may have!