24 Hour Emergency Services

(603) 641-6555

  • Home
  • Blog
  • How to Prevent Winter Heating Fires

How to Prevent Winter Heating Fires

Written by Casey Shearns on . Posted in .

With the chill of winter, everyone seems to be blasting their heat or huddling around the fireplace. However, these sources of warmth can also be a source of fire danger. Fireplaces, heaters, and furnaces can all create a risk if fire safety precautions are not taken. We broke down some important safety precautions to take to help prevent winter heating fires this season.

Be Mindful of What’s Near Your Furnace

As a rule of thumb, keep anything that is flammable, or can burn, at least 3 feet away from any heating system. This includes clothing, upholstered furniture and bedding. Space heaters are one of the most common causes of heating fires. If you do choose to use a space heater, be sure to keep it away from cluttered areas or areas of high foot traffic.

Also, if you have small children or pets, you may want to consider putting a fence or barricade at least 3 feet around the furnace or space heater to prevent accidents or burns.

Keep Up with Maintenance to Avoid Soot Damage

You should make sure to have your oil furnace inspected by a qualified and licensed professional annually to ensure there are no potential problems. A poorly maintained furnace could result in a puffback. This occurrence spews oily soot throughout your property creating a significant mess to cleanup. Having your oil furnace checked out before you use your heater for the first time in the winter is a great way to help prevent costly soot damage resulting from puffbacks. It also helps ensure it will be working properly all winter long.

Also, you should be sure to check your chimney is clear and does not have any structural damage. Chimneys should generally be inspected once a year, before burning season starts, to check for blockages or damage that could affect proper ventilation.

Practice Proper Fireplace Safety

Fireplaces are a great way to keep warm during the winter, but they can be potentially dangerous if you aren’t taking proper precautions. Check that your fireplace has a protective screen installed so stray sparks do not escape into your home. If you have carpet or rug in front of your fireplace, this is especially important, as sparks can potentially start a fire. Also, clean out ashes from previous fires before burning a new one, as old ashes can produce smoke that can cause build up in your chimney and create dangerous ventilation issues.

Stay Aware

You should never leave a lit fireplace or space heater unattended. Be sure to fully extinguish the fire and turn off your space heater at night. You should also have a working fire extinguisher on hand and reliable smoke and carbon monoxide detectors in case of emergency.

Contact Soil-Away 

If you’ve suffered a fire in your home or business and need remediation services, contact us today at (603) 641-6555. Our expert team is available for emergencies 24/7/365 and is committed to providing an effective and thorough clean up to get your home or business back to pre-loss condition.

Contact Us Now

Search for:

Jay KorsenJay Korsen
00:51 04 Aug 22
All I have to say is WOW and FANTASTIC. I just got done building out my new professional office with Soil-Away’s construction division and they went ABOVE and BEYOND. Scott and Mike, the carpenters are skilled artisans. The project got done on time and the project came in on budget! The finished results have been blowing people away. Much better than I could have anticipated. Anyone is welcome to come to our office, Bright Light Chiropractic in Hooksett to check out the fine work they did. Simply can’t sing enough praises for them. Sorry that the picture doesn’t do the job justice. Thank you Jack and your team. -Dr. Jay
Asian BreezeAsian Breeze
04:28 15 Jul 22
Since day one, I’ve known the owner, Jack, to be a hard-working and selfless leader. Through the efforts of him and his team, he was able to restore my flooded restaurant to tip-top shape. I was amazed with Jack’s orderliness throughout the entire process. Jack has proven to me that he is trustworthy, as both a friend and an individual in the work environment.
Breton LangendorferBreton Langendorfer
21:17 07 Jul 22
Highly recommend Soil-Away. A pipe in our upstairs bathroom gave and sent water down through a wall for at least a day before we noticed water dripping through our kitchen ceiling. Our insurance put us in touch with Soil-Away and they were at our house the next morning to assess the damage and dry things out. Joe, Ray and Tom were phenomenal to work with. They explained every part of the process to us and were very professional and friendly. If you have to deal with similar issues call Soil-Away, you won’t regret it.
Maureen CidzikMaureen Cidzik
13:49 15 May 22
Superior service from start to finish. Highly responsive. The entire team is dedicated to quality and customer care and it shows in everything they do – from first call, to estimate, to job completion.
Sarah GrugnaleSarah Grugnale
16:02 14 Jan 22
Joe and Tommy were amazing to deal with, they kept us updated every step of the process. They were punctual and hard working, answering all of our questions that we had. Everything was done as promised and even above and beyond. A great experience from start to finish.
js_loader
RIA
PCA
NADCA
Indoor Air Quaility
EPA
IICRC
Esporta

© 2022 · Soil-Away Cleaning and Restoration · Log out