There’s a great meme floating around out there that shows a split screen. One side is a man who says, “It was a small heart attack. I don’t need to see a doctor.” On the other side it shows a man with a cold and a caption that says, “Gather round, children, my time is drawing nigh.” It’s funny because it pokes at something true. We often make the small things a big priority but make the big things a small priority. We run into this a lot in the HVAC world, so we’re going to spend time on what should be a high priority for all of us with our Heating Safety Tips.
Keep plenty of smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors that are properly placed and armed with fresh batteries
Avoid storing any flammable materials within three feet of the furnace
Use only heat sources that are designed for space heating, so no stoves, ovens, or camp stoves
Beware of any heaters that require ventilation when you have inadequate ventilation
Do not leave space heaters on while you are sleeping or away from the home
Plug corded heaters directly into an outlet and not a power strip or other indirect outlet
Remove any unnecessary objects close to the furnaces
Clear away any snow or other blockage to the intake pipes
Have an evacuation plan in case of emergency
We don’t want to be like the guy who gets dramatic over a cold but plays it cool with heart attacks, yet that’s often what we do with our HVAC system and our homes. With almost 13,000 fire related injuries a year in the US, around 2,500 deaths, and around half of them in winter, it behooves us to look at our situations at our homes and ask if there’s anything we can do better. And those stats are just for fire. Carbon Monoxide, other noxious gases, and other enemies of air quality are all part of the picture. Think of us as HVAC doctors recommending 10 heating safety tips as a means to avoid the heart attack.
One of the reasons at Schnelle Heating & Air we love our jobs is for times like these. We get a chance to make people safe and not just comfortable. We’ll be blunt - we want you to let us be more than a repair company. We are a full service provider. We want to be the company you call for check ups and scheduled maintenance, and we want to be in your speed dial for questions that concern safety. If you are interested in this or any other HVAC service, contact us. We’re eager to show you how much we care and what great service we provide!