With cold air settling in across Kansas, now is the time to have your furnace and fireplace checked. We have compiled some tips for your safety below.
-Furnaces should be checked once a year. Leave repairs to qualified specialist
-Be sure all furnace controls and emergency shutoffs are in proper working condition
-Replace air filters
-Have a carbon monoxide detector
-Keep trash and other combustibles away from the heating system
-Check the flue pipe and pipe seams. Are they well supported, free of holes, and cracks? Soot along or around seams may be an indicator of a leak
-Be sure every level of your home has a working smoke alarm, and be sure to check and clean it on a monthly basis
-Chimneys should be checked for soot buildup
-Chimneys should be cleaned once a year
-Is the chimney solid, with cracks or loose bricks? All unused flue openings should be sealed with solid masonry.
-Never discard hot ashes inside or near the home. Place them in a metal container outside and well away from the house.
- Do not use flammable liquids to start or accelerate any fire
-Never burn charcoal indoors. Burning charcoal can give off lethal amounts of carbon monoxide.
-Don't use excessive amounts of paper to build roaring fires in fireplaces. It is possible to ignite creosote in the chimney by overbuilding the fire.
-Before you go to sleep, be sure your fireplace fire is out. Never close your damper with hot ashes in the fireplace. A closed damper will help the fire to heat up again and will force toxic carbon monoxide into the house.
-Be sure every level of your home has a working smoke alarm, and be sure to check and clean it on a monthly basis.
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