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Protect Your Home: Tips to Prevent House Fires

As many get ready to celebrate falling leaves, jack-o-lanterns, and all things spooky, it’s important to include fire prevention month in your celebrations. This time of year, you should be considering the safe and proactive steps to take to lessen the chance of a house fire. Continue reading our blog for the top tips to prevent house fires.

Maintain Smoke Alarms

One of the top preventive steps you can take towards protecting your home from fire is maintaining all smoke alarms. We suggest smoke alarms be installed in every bedroom, outside each sleeping area, and on every level of the home. It’s important all members of the family can hear the alarm should it go off. For the best protection, interconnect every smoke alarm in your home so they all signal if one should be triggered.

Safely Heat Your Home

Always use caution when heating your home. Be aware of radiators, space heaters, fireplaces, and furnaces as anything within 3 feet can burn or catch fire. If you still need to heat your space at night and are using a space heater, be sure it has an automatic shutoff in case of overheating. Lastly, make an appointment with the professionals each year to have your working chimney cleaned out. The nesting from animals and dust become a major fire hazard as it accumulates.

Double Check Your Electrical

Blown fuses and tripped breakers are not only annoying but can also be a sign of a fire hazard. It’s a good idea to have a licensed electrician check your electrical system if you have these issues frequently. Another way to keep your home safe is to never overload electrical circuits, and avoid using extension cords, when possible. If you find yourself needing extension cords, it’s worth it to just have an electrician install additional outlets to your home.

Use Caution with Candles

Whether you’re enjoying your favorite scent, igniting birthday candles, or wanting to enjoy some soft light, it’s important to never leave candles unattended. If the idea of an open flame causes some worry, place the candle in a tip-proof holder and set a timer on your phone or stove to extinguish the flame before going to sleep or leaving your home.

Get Furnace Tune-Up

Hiring a professional to come out and inspect your HVAC will help keep your home safe. During the service appointment, your furnace will be inspected and cleaned, helping prevent a potential fire hazard. Your technician will check the ductwork, filters, belts, pulleys, controls, and safety devices to make sure they are clean and working properly. Your HVAC system should be checked for carbon monoxide levels, temperatures and pressures, connections, contactors and relays, and emergency shut-offs.

Contact Heating & Cooling Two to schedule a furnace tune-up. If you aren’t sure your HVAC unit will make it through the winter, our comfort experts can help start the process of finding a replacement. Call Heating & Cooling Two, Inc at 763-428-3677 for professional service you trust.

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