We’ve had another dip in temperatures, and more are sure to follow here in Houston. This means it’s time for the heat! Whether you use your central heating, fireplace, space heater, or a combination of these, there are important winter heating safety tips to follow.
Whether you have a wood-burning fireplace or a gas fireplace, there are many things to keep in mind when lighting a fire this winter.
For all fireplaces (or even wood-burning stoves), remember these key tips:
For wood-burning fireplaces or stoves, remember to always used dry wood. Any wood that is wet will likely be very smoky if it will burn at all, and not all smoke will leave your home.
For gas fireplaces, there are also a few additional safety tips. Burning gas in your fireplace can work to deplete the oxygen in your home. Limit the use of gas fireplaces to and hour or two. Having sensors installed in your home for carbon monoxide can help you monitor the air in your home. If you would like to burn the fireplace for a longer period, consider cracking a window to replace the oxygen in the air.
We typically use electric or gas furnaces to heat our homes more regularly than other methods in this area of Texas. When a furnace is properly maintained, it can provide a safe, reliable way to heat your home. However, there are still heating safety tips to keep in mind when using your furnace.
If you use a space heater for additional heat in your home, this section is for you! Whether you use an electric or gas space heater, be sure to remember these heating safety tips:
Properly heating your home is important to the health and safety of your home and your family. Following these heating safety tips can help you ensure you are doing all you can to keep your family safe this winter.