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Parsons Fire Department Offers Furnace Safety Tips

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Parsons Fire Department Offers Furnace Safety Tips

PARSONS, KS—Cold nights are here to stay and with that, many families are turning up the heat to stay warm. But what you don’t know could kill you. The Parsons Fire Department is offering the following safety tips shared from the United States Fire Administration and FEMA.

Keep your family safe and warm this winter. Below are some reminders that can help keep you safe.

  • It’s important that you have your furnace inspected to ensure that it is in good working condition.
  • Be sure all furnace controls and emergency shutoffs are in proper working condition.
  • Leave furnace repairs to qualified specialists. Do not attempt repairs yourself unless you are qualified. (Note: The City of Parsons requires HVAC/mechanical licenses.)
  • Inspect the walls and ceiling near the furnace and along the chimney line. If the wall is hot or discolored, additional pipe insulation or clearance may be required.
  • 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.
  • Is the chimney solid, with cracks or loose bricks? All unused flue openings should be sealed with solid masonry.
  • Keep trash and other combustibles away from the heating system. This is especially important in many older homes that have floor furnaces.

Here are several other safety tips to remember:

  • Never discard hot ashes inside or near the home. Place them in a metal container outside and well away from the house.
  • Never use a range or an oven as a supplemental heating device. Not only is it a safety hazard, it can be a source of potentially toxic fumes.
  • If you use an electric heater, be sure not to overload the circuit. Only use extension cords which have the necessary rating to carry the amp load.
  • Avoid using electrical space heaters in bathrooms, or other areas where they may come in contact with water.
  • Frozen water pipes? Never try to thaw them with a blow torch or other open flame, (otherwise the pipe could conduct the heat and ignite the wall structure inside the wall space). Use hot water or a UL labeled device such as a hand held dryer for thawing.
  • If windows are used as emergency exits in your home, practice using them in the event fire should strike. Be sure that all the windows open easily. Home escape ladders are recommended.

But two of the most important things you can do for your family:

  • Be sure every bedroom in your home has a working smoke alarm, and be sure to check and clean it on a monthly basis. Remember to replace the batteries, too.
  • Plan and practice a home escape plan with your family.

Contact your local fire department for advice if you have a question on Fire Safety.

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