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Tips to Safely Heat Your Home This Winter

Annually, over 20,000 people end up in the emergency room as a result of carbon monoxide poisoning. This odorless and colorless gas is known as the silent killer because it’s virtually undetectable without a carbon monoxide detector

Carbon monoxide, according to the CDC, is put off by fireplaces, boilers, furnaces, stoves, and gas ranges so it only makes sense that carbon monoxide poisoning increases during the colder months when people are trying to keep their homes heated. To help keep your family safe, Stevenson Service Experts is here with some tips to safety keep your home heated. 

  • Place a CO detector on all floors of your home and replace the batteries annually. 
  • Keep all possible sources of combustion, such as bedding, paper, or clothing, at least three feet away from furnaces, space heaters, fire places, or stoves. 
  • Before starting a fire in the fireplace, make sure you check to verify the chimney damper is open and unobstructed. 
  • Never leave portable heaters or fireplaces alone. Shut off space heaters and be sure all embers in the fireplace are completely extinguished before going to bed or leaving home. 
  • Space heaters should always be positioned on the floor, and on a hard, incombustible surface, like ceramic tile. Keep kids and furbabies away from space heaters. 
  • When purchasing a new space heater, buy a model that shuts off automatically if the heater tips over. 
  • Don’t use a cooking range to warm your home. 
  • Have wood and coal stoves, fireplaces, chimneys and gas or oil furnaces professionally checked and cleaned yearly. 

The ideal thing you can do for your heating equipment is to make sure it’s not only ready to keep your home warm all winter but also safe, is to schedule your heating tune-up. During your furnace tune-up, Stevenson Service Experts will check to make sure your furnace is operating safely with a full multi-point inspection and cleaning. Call 614-334-3192 today and find out how you can save on a furnace tune-up through November 25th. 

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