Learn the Causes of Cold-Weather Fires in Your Home

Cold Weather Fires

As autumn slips away, the season of cold-weather fires in residences approaches. It’s a grim seasonal fact of life, but December, January, and February are the peak months for house fires, according to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA). Certain cold-weather fires and other related hazards are specifically related to home heating. Here are some potential threats related to home-heating systems and ways to reduce the risks of cold-weather fires.

Space Heaters

The NFPA reports that portable space heaters are the most common heating equipment implicated in house fires. These units are a factor in two out of every three cold-weather fires and play a role in more than 85% of deaths that occur in winter fires. To utilize space heaters safely, follow these recommendations:

Gas Furnace

Schedule annual preventative maintenance for your furnace. This service, provided by a qualified professional HVAC contractor, includes procedures to prevent cold-weather fires, including cleaning, heat exchanger inspection, furnace-flame analysis, checking the high-temperature limit switch and testing for carbon monoxide.

Fireplace

Have your chimney inspected and cleaned annually if you use the fireplace to augment home heating. Soot and other residue accumulating inside the chimney may ignite and spread fire into the house.

Detectors

Test all smoke detectors and carbon monoxide detectors at the outset of the winter season and continue monthly thereafter. Install fresh batteries in the units if required.

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