Did you know that October is National Fire Prevention Month? It’s a whole month dedicated to raising awareness about fire safety. Originally, it started as a week to remember The Great Chicago Fire of 1871, but now it’s extended to cover the entire month. It’s surprising that around 358,500 house fires occur each year. The good news is that most of these incidents can be avoided with simple steps and proper home maintenance. As part of the Lewis Center-Powell Heating & Air family, let’s work together to keep you safe from potential house fires. Join us in spreading awareness about fire safety. 

Regular Maintenance  

Regular maintenance is crucial for ensuring HVAC fire safety. It is recommended to have a professional HVAC technician inspect and service each of your units at least once a year. During these visits, they can identify and resolve any potential issues, such as frayed wires, loose connections, or blocked ventilation, that may pose a fire hazard. Remember – regular maintenance is the best form of preventative care! 

Clean Filters and Ducts  

Dirty air filters and clogged ducts not only reduce your HVAC system’s efficiency but also increase the risk of fires. So, it’s important to stay on top of replacing your HVAC filters as recommended by the manufacturer, which is usually every one to three months. Additionally, have your ducts cleaned periodically to prevent the accumulation of dust and debris.  

Monitor Electrical Components  

Faulty electrical components pose a serious fire risk. Stay vigilant by looking out for warning signs like flickering lights, tripped circuit breakers, or burnt smells from your HVAC unit. If you notice any of these issues, you should promptly seek professional assistance. 

Keep Combustibles Away  

Do not store flammable materials or chemicals near your HVAC units. In case of malfunction or overheating, these can easily catch fire. Flammable or combustible items like fabric, paper, cardboard, cleaning solutions, or other household chemicals should be kept away from the unit and its surrounding area.  

Install Smoke and Carbon Monoxide Detectors  

Install smoke detectors and carbon monoxide detectors in your home. They should be placed strategically on every level of your home and, if possible, in common areas. In addition, don’t forget to test all detectors once a month and replace batteries annually to ensure proper functionality. 

Have a Fire Escape Plan  

In case of a fire, it’s important to have a well-practiced fire escape plan. Know the quickest exits and choose a safe meeting point outside your home. Make sure everyone understands the plan and is ready to follow it. 

To minimize the risk of fires, protect your loved ones and home, and ensure your HVAC system operates safely, follow these fire safety tips mentioned here. And remember – regular maintenance and staying vigilant are essential for a secure and safe living environment. We strive to make home maintenance and HVAC care seamless, so reach out to us for information on our Whole Home Protection Plan, which is designed specifically for our valued customers to be able to do just that! 

Call Lewis Center-Powell Heating & Air today at (614) 490-7530, or schedule an appointment online now by clicking here