These tips will help you keep your home safe from fire and make your home more energy efficient.
During the cold winter months many of you will turn to alternative heat sources to save on your energy bill. That is all very well but please do it properly and not in a way to put your home at risk. When used improperly alternative heating sources can lead to fires. More fires are reported in December, January, and February than any other months in the year. Improperly used heating equipment is the leading cause of home fire deaths.
The following tips will help you protect your home from fire.
1. Keep anything that can burn at least three feet from any fire source.
2. For space heaters, use fuel specified by manufacture.
3. Turn portable heaters off when leaving the room or going to bed.
4. Never use your oven for heating.
5. If you smell gas, do not attempt to light your gas heater. Turn off the controls, open the windows, and call a gas service person.
6. Maintain heating equipment and clean chimneys once a year.
7. Be sure your fireplace has a sturdy screen to reflect all sparks.
The following tips will help you reduce waste of energy.
1. Set thermostat at 68 degrees when the house is occupied during the day and turn it down at night to 60 degrees.
2. Make sure the return vents, baseboards, and radiators are not obstructed by any objects and that air can flow freely.
3. Check heating ducts for leaks from joints and holes. Ask at your local hardware store for the proper tape to use for the job.
4. Change or clean the furnace filter every month or two.
5. Insulate water heaters with and insulating jacket.
6. Turn off the heat from any rooms that are not used and can be closed off.
7. Install caulking and weather stripping, or use spray foam around any windows and doors with air leaks.
8. Keep curtains open during the day on the south side of the house to allow the sunlight to enter. Keep them closed at night to reduce heat loss.
9. A kitchen or bathroom fan can pull out a houseful of warm air in one hour so turn off the fan as soon as the job is done.
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