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Avoiding a Furnace Fire | SERVPRO® of Bryan, Effingham, Mcintosh & East Liberty Counties
If you live in Bryan County or any of our neighboring counties, fall is probably the furthest thing from your mind. But it’s just around the corner.
One frosty morning soon, you may be hurrying to turn on your furnace. Take some time now to perform preventive maintenance so you won’t run the risk of a fire.
Did you know? Around 62 million American homes use gas furnaces to stay warm. Others burn wood, and about 130,000 households still have coal stoves or furnaces.
Generally, furnaces provide cost-effective heat. Still, they need to be properly maintained, or they can cause house fires.
In this blog, we’ll look at gas furnace maintenance. If you have any furnace, though, make sure it’s safe before lighting it this fall.
Tidy the area. Yes, stuff can be stored around the furnace during the summer. Move any boxes, trash or debris at least three feet away from your furnace before operating.
Wipe down the furnace. Clean cobwebs, dirt and anything else off the furnace. Dirt can lead to overheating. It can also prevent you from noticing problems with your furnace.
Clean the Air Filter
Dirty air filters can lead to obstructed air flow and overheating. This can increase your risk of fire.
Clean Outside Vents and Flues
Call in a professional if you need help with this!
Check Smoke and CO Alarms
Smoke can indicate a house fire, while CO in the air can make you sick before you notice it. Test your smoke and CO alarms, and replace dead batteries right away.
Every year, have a professional inspect your furnace. A good technician can identify and address issues such as a cracked heat exchanger or incorrect pressure. This fall is a great time to make an appointment to have your furnace maintained.
If your home has suffered fire damage, SERVPRO® of Bryan, Effingham, Mcintosh & East Liberty Counties can help. Our agents are on call around the clock, so we can start helping you get back to normal, fast. Contact us at any hour for assistance.