HEATING EQUIPMENT SAFETY
Time to get heating equipment cleaned and inspected
As temperatures drop and home heating systems kick into gear, remember to get your home heating systems inspected and cleaned as soon as possible. Titusville Fire and Emergency Services Department supports this key message from the nonprofit National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) and the U.S. Fire Administration (USFA), who are teaming up to reduce the risk of home heating fires this December, January and February, when half of all U.S. home fires occur.
According to NFPA, home heating equipment is the second leading cause of U.S. home fires; failure to clean heating equipment is the most common reason for these fires.
Through their joint winter fire safety campaign, “Put a Freeze on Winter Fires,” NFPA and USFA urge everyone to get their home heating systems inspected and cleaned annually by a trained profession, preferably before the start of the season. This will ensure that your home heating system is working properly, and can significantly reduce your risk to associated fires. If you have a chimney, make sure it’s also inspected and cleaned, if necessary, by a trained professional. Creosote—a sticky, oily, combustible substance created when wood does not burn completely—rises into the chimney as a liquid and deposits on the chimney walls, causing nearly one-fourth (23%) of all home heating fires.
Winter fires are preventable! For more heating safety advice from NFPA and USFA’s ”Put a Freeze on Winter” campaign, visit www.nfpa.org/winter. Additional fire safety information can be obtained from Titusville Fire and Emergency Services Department, 321-383-5708.