As part of National Fire Prevention Week, we thought it would be a good time to remind you of some heating safety tips. By following these tips, you could potentially prevent a fire, and save a life.
According to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), heating is the second leading cause of U.S. home fires, deaths and injuries. December, January and February are the peak months for heating-related fires.
Facts & figures on Heating Related Fires
Based on 2009-2013 annual averages:
- Space heaters, whether portable or stationary, accounted for two of every five (40%) of home heating fires and four out of five (84%) of home heating fire deaths.
- The leading factor contributing to home heating fires (30%) was failure to clean, principally creosote from solid-fueled heating equipment, primarily chimneys.
- Placing things that can burn too close to heating equipment or placing heating equipment too close to things that can burn, such as upholstered furniture, clothing, mattress, or bedding, was the leading factor contributing to ignition in fatal home heating fires and accounted for more than half (56%) of home heating fire deaths.
- Nearly half (49%) of all home heating fires occurred in December, January and February.
Source: NFPA’s “Home Fires Involving Heating Equipment” report
Did you know that you can reduce the need for space heaters by maintaining and possibly upgrading your home’s heating system? This might include a new heat pump or gas furnace. If your heating bills are sky high, or your furnace isn’t heating like it used to, you may want to check out the energy savings involved with a more efficient heating system.
Now, a faulty gas furnace or heat pump can also spark a fire, but this is much less likely than a space heater causing a fire. But to be on the safe side, you may want to schedule a yearly safety inspection of your heating system. Climatemp offers these inspections to homeowners throughout the Mobile AL and Baldwin County area. We check to make sure all components are working properly and that there aren’t any frayed wires, loose connectors, etc. And of course, we provide furnace repair, heat pump repair, and new installations of both. Call us today at 251-968-6006 to schedule a heating safety inspection.