Home Heating Safety: 5 Tips for this Winter

Natural gas has led to lower heating costs for all consumers, and the Atlantic Sunrise pipeline will continue that trend by supplying enough natural gas to meet the needs of more than 7 million American homes.

Along with the comfort of using natural gas in the home comes the responsibility to maintain a safe home heating system. The American Red Cross said in its 2016 annual report that home fires are the most common disaster to which it responds. The U.S. Fire Administration reports that heating fires caused by heating units, fireplaces, chimneys and other sources from 2013 to 2015 caused an estimated 205 deaths and more than $500 million in property loss.

Here are five tips to keep in mind as the cold weather intensifies:

Check smoke and carbon monoxide detectors

It’s recommended you check and test these detectors at least once a month.

Don’t heat your home with your stove or oven

Stoves and ovens are made to cook, not to heat your home.

Never leave space heaters unattended

Before going to sleep or leaving your home, make sure your space heater is turned off or unplugged.

Keep vents and meters clear

Keep your vents clear of snow and ice so as not to cause carbon monoxide poisoning.

Inspect your HVAC system

Have a certified professional take a look at your HVAC system and fix any issues before it’s too late.

Don’t be another statistic: Follow the tips to ensure a safe, happy winter.