There are so many things to think about when it comes to your family’s safety. Some of these things are easy. Make sure your kids have the proper snow clothes on before they go out to play to avoid frostbite. Look both ways when you cross the street. Other things take more thought but are worth the effort for the peace of mind they offer. Making sure smoke detectors’ and carbon monoxide detectors’ batteries are charged and working with monthly tests make a huge difference. Here are some other things that ensure your family is safe when it comes to your heating appliances.
If you have a fireplace or wood or gas burning stove, it’s important to keep the area around the appliance free and clear. Although it’s tempting to pull your chair up close, make sure you put distance between stray sparks and furnishings. Don’t store pillows or blankets close to the fireplace or appliance. It’s fun to curl up with a good book in front of the fire, but make sure that you don’t store your books, magazines, or newspapers too close to the flame.
Another important safety practice is to make sure that you have working smoke detectors, fire extinguishers, and carbon monoxide detectors. These can give you an early warning that there’s a problem, giving you enough time to get your family out of the house and to contact the fire department. There should be a smoke detector on every floor of your home and in the hallway outside of all bedrooms. Make sure that you have a fire extinguisher on every floor of the house as well, with one placed near the fireplace or heating appliance. Carbon monoxide is a potentially deadly gas which is odorless and colorless, so a carbon monoxide detector is a necessity to get your family out of a dangerous situation. It’s important that your detectors have charged batteries and that your fire extinguisher’s pressure gauge is in the correct range.
When it comes to your family, it’s important to put their safety first. At Firesafe Chimney Service, we know all the procedures you need to follow to make sure that your family is kept safe while using your heating appliance. There’s nothing more important than your family’s well-being, so give us a call today to set up an appointment and we’ll come in and give your appliance and your chimney a thorough inspection and cleaning.