Remember these tips and you will have a safe, happy and accident free winter season.
When it comes to heating your home, be sure to have your furnace checked regularly by a trained professional. Regular servicing of your furnace, fireplace and heating stove prevents injury and home fires.
Follow these handy tips for fireplace and wood stove use.
Burn only seasoned hardwood like oak, ash or maple. Do not burn trash, cardboard boxes or Christmas trees because these items burn unevenly, may contain poisons or cause a home fire.
Have a professional chimney sweep inspect chimneys every year. They will fix any cracks, blockages and leaks and clean out any build-up in the chimney that could start a fire.
Creosote logs can be used to help reduce the build-up of creosote in fireplaces. Check labels to make sure the log has been tested and approved by UL. Even if you use creosote logs, fireplaces should still be inspected by a professional each year.
Open flues before fireplaces are used.
Use sturdy screens or glass doors to keep embers inside fireplaces.
Install at least one smoke alarm on every level of your home and inside or near sleeping areas.
Keep young children away from working wood stoves and heaters to avoid contact burn injuries.
When using portable space heaters to supplement your homes furnace, use caution and common sense.
Keep objects (people, pets, furniture and curtains) at least 3 feet from the unit.
Turn off when not home or sleeping.
Make sure that the heater has been tested (ETL, UL or CSA).
With the recent snow in Cincinnati many of us have had to shovel our drive and walkways. It is not too late to arrange snow removal service. Granted many of us cherish the quiet time away from loved ones when it is just you, a shovel and the snow. If this is you, don’t forget a few simple tips and safety measures. No one wants to sip cocoa in the emergency room.
Warm up before working with the snow. It’s heavier than it looks.
Pace yourself. There are no gold medals for the 1st one done, only backaches.
Push rather that lift the snow, but use your legs to lift if you must.
Good posture is key.
Don’t twist the body to throw snow.
If chest pains occur, stop immediately and assess the pain. If accompanied by shortness of breath and conditions worsen, seek immediate professional medical help.
Follow these helpful hints and your winter will be pain and accident free. Remember, we are here for you! Call 513.271.1888 or request service online. We are your source for reliable, quality and insured service providers.