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Stay Safe and Warm During the Winter Season | SERVPRO® of Westfield

1/24/2023 (Permalink)

”heater” alt = "a small electric heater in a living room” Call SERVPRO of Westfield if you experience any smoke, soot or fire damage.

The freezing season has arrived, and you’ve likely brought your space heater out of storage or switched on the heat in your home to prepare for Westfield’s plummeting temperatures. Heating your home can be as simple as flipping a switch, but all it takes is one small mistake for these helpful tools to spark flames.

Westfield might not be visited by a snowstorm like the blizzard that caught us off-guard back in 2021, but you’ll still need to keep warm! Staying cozy for the winter is easy as long as you keep safety in mind.

<h3basics">Furnace Basics

Most houses include a furnace and an HVAC system that sends warm air flowing in every room of the home. To keep your furnace working this winter, you’ll need to upkeep it often. Check your furnace for any problems and give it a good cleaning to keep dust and debris from sparking flames.

Replacing your HVAC system’s air filter is another vital maintenance task that should be completed at the beginning of each new season. A clean, well-maintained HVAC system and furnace will ensure that clean air is circulated throughout your home.

<h3safety">Fireplace Safety

If your Westfield home is decked out with a fireplace, you’re probably aware of its ease of use and convenience. This helpful tool might add a comfortable atmosphere to your home, but it can turn dangerous quickly if you don’t upkeep it.

Whether you use an artificial or wood-burning fireplace, you need to clean it and have it checked for issues each season.

If your home uses a wood-burning fireplace, thoroughly wipe down every inch to remove smoke and soot residue and inspect your chimney for any obstructions. If you fire up an artificial fireplace, remove its cover and clean the inside and outside to ensure it’s free of dust accumulation.

<h3heaters">Portable Heaters

If you get out a space heater in the winter, you’re sure to enjoy its ability to warm up any space within minutes. This device is really useful when it’s frigid outside, but its risks must be considered to ensure you’re using it safely.

Avoid sparking flames by keeping your space heater three feet from flammable items. Make sure to turn off your space heater before going to bed, and if you have children, keep an eye on them while it is on.

Avoid using extension cables because they can overheat. Instead, plug your space heater straight into a wall outlet.

Keeping your home warm throughout winter is easy as long as you work to prevent flames in the process! One small mishap can easily lead to a fire calamity when utilizing heating sources.

If you experience fire damage this season, give us a call at SERVPRO of Westfield for immediate assistance. We’re here 247 when you need us!

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