Utilities and Basements

Furnace and Heating Appliances are Inspected Annually

Have a qualified technician inspect your heating equipment annually. It is recommended to have this done right before the start of heating season. This will help ensure that everything is working properly and efficiently, thus reducing the risks of fire and carbon monoxide.

Replace Furnace Filter Twice a Year

Having a clean furnace filter allows your unit to work more efficiently. A dirty filter can impede the airflow though your furnace, increasing the risk of the motor or heating elements overheating.

Area Around Furnace and Hot Water Heater Are Clear of Combustibles

Both furnaces and water heaters use high heat during normal operations; keeping combustible materials away will reduce the fire risk.

Use Correct Amperage Fuses

If your home has a fuse box, always use properly-sized replacement fuses. Never attempt to use a "cheater" such as a penny or aluminum foil in place of a fuse.

If your home relies on circuit breakers, never attempt to tape or brace a circuit breaker in the ON position. Circuit breakers and fuses are designed to protect you from a potentially dangerous electrical condition. If a fuse blows or a circuit breaker trips, it indicates a problem that must be corrected.

Clean Clothes Dryers and Check for Proper Venting

Dryer lint can be extremely flammable if allowed to build up. Also check that the dryer vent is properly connected. An improperly vented dryer can increase the risk of fire and carbon monoxide.

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Information on this page was, in part, collected from the NFPAUSFA, and the CDC