Winter Home Heating Safety
Maintain Oil Heating Equipment
- Have your furnace cleaned and checked every year.
- Do not let your oil tank go completely empty.
- Change your furnace filter regularly.
- Keep furnace area clear of storage, boxes or other items that could be flammable and restrict airflow.
- If your oil burner begins releasing smoke or soot, have it serviced.
- Do not use a space heater as your main heating source.
- Keep anything flammable at least three feet away from the heater.
- If you are leaving the room or the home, make sure the heater is turned off properly.
- Have your chimney professionally cleaned every year.
- Keep flammable items at least three feet away.
- Have a sturdy screen covering to guard the living area from sparks or human contact.
- Do not burn glossy or coated papers – these may contain chemicals that can be released into the air.
- Dispose of ashes in a metal container with a lid, away from the house, garage and porch.
- Install alarms on every level of your home
- Do not use your stove or oven to help heat your home.
- Have your furnace and chimneys checked every year.
- Keep vents and exhaust pipers clear of snow and bushes.
- Always keep a fire extinguisher on hand. It is also good to make sure everyone in the home is familiar on how to use it.
- Battery-operated smoke detectors and carbon monoxide detectors should be installed on every floor. Check the batteries regularly and replace when you detect signs of wear.
- Have a plan for the whole family in case of an emergency. Make sure to practice this plan and everyone is aware of what to do.