“This Is Us” – any fans out there? If so, remember the crock pot episode? The show shined a light on something that you never think will happen to you – a home fire. In as little as 4 minutes, your home could go from a cozy shelter for you and your loved ones, to a pile of ash and memories.
The National Fire Protection Association released research from 2011-2015 on home fires, specifically those that involved heating equipment. They concluded that heating equipment was to blame for nearly 55,000 home fires that claimed 480 lives and caused $1.1 billion in property damage. Did you know that almost half (48%) of the home heating fires took place between the months of December and February?
The main determinants….
- Failure to properly clean heating equipment
- Allowing flammable items too close to heating equipment
- Stationary and Portable Space Heaters
We want to make sure that your home is safe year-round from home fires. Follow these tips to ensure that you are taking precautions to prevent a fire at your home:
1. Develop a “Rule of Three”
Keep any and all flammable items (especially synthetic items) at least three feet away from heating equipment at all times.
2. Make a New Heating Habit
Make a point to turn off all portable heaters anytime you leave a room (even if just for a minute!). Never leave a portable heater on while you are sleeping.
3. Rely on Your Detectors
Properly equip your home with carbon monoxide (CO) and smoke detectors. At a minimum, we suggest one of each detector on every floor of your home. As a best practice, test both of them on a monthly basis to make certain you will be alerted to danger if it arises when you’re home. Want to protect your home from danger even when you aren’t there? Connect your CO and smoke detectors to your monitored alarm system and have peace of mind knowing that our Monitoring Center is looking out for you (and your pets!) 24/7/365.
4. A Clean Home is a Safe Home
It is imperative each year to have heating equipment and chimneys cleaned and inspected by a qualified professional prior to use. Be sure to read and follow any guidelines provided by your heater’s manufacturer before cleaning.
Interested in learning more about home heating safety? Visit the NFPA’s site here.