Posts Tagged ‘HVAC Safety’

Warning: Space Heaters Are a Fire Hazard

Wednesday, December 16th, 2015

Do you have that one spot in the home that never seems to warm up? If you’re like most people, you probably use a space heater to fix the problem. Although these heating devices are a simple way to heat up the home, they can also be a major fire hazard if you’re not careful. In fact, 32 percent of home heating fires involve space heaters.

Before you put yours to use, consider these safety tips to protect you and your home:

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Monitor them. When you’re curled up at home and the temperature is chilly, feel free to turn on your space heater – just make sure you keep your eyes on it at all times. In other words, shut off the device when you leave the room and be careful that it doesn’t come in contact with any flammable materials.

Do not place close to flammable materials. Space heaters need their own space, meaning you should place them a spot that’s at least a few feet away from flammable materials. This includes furniture, window treatments, and side tables. You should also stay a few feet away too, as space heaters can cause burns or overheat your clothing.

Choose overheat protection. Not only is a convection space heater a smart option, but a device that offers overheat protection is the way to go. That way, if your heater accidentally tips over, it will automatically shut off.

Keep small children away. Children can be curious most of the time, which is why it’s important to keep them away from such devices. Place your space heater in an area that is hard to reach or attend them at all times during use. If a child gets too close to the heater, they could accidentally knock it over or harm themselves.

To learn more about space heater safety, click here.

At Leslie Heating and Cooling, your safety is our number one priority! That is why we are available for any and all of your HVAC emergency repairs, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. For more information, give us a call at (630) 621-9419 or visit our website.

Ways to Childproof Your HVAC

Tuesday, November 3rd, 2015

Part of keeping your little ones safe at home means knowing what can hurt them. And when it comes to your HVAC system, there are plenty of ways your children can be put in harm’s way. So in honor of Child Safety Protection Month, keep your kids safe at home by learning how to protect them from your heating and cooling.

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Secure your vents. It’s easy for your child to lift your floor vents if you don’t secure the covers properly. To child-proof them, screw or nail your vent covers into the floor. For extra precaution, you can also place a screen over them. Another option that doesn’t involve nails is to use velcro to keep them down.

Place thermostats and units high up. Turning the thermostat too high or the AC too low can not only damage your HVAC system, but it can also be a hazard to you and your child’s health. If you have small children at home, be sure to install your indoor units and thermostats high enough so that they’re out of reach.

Protect outdoor unit. It’s also important to block off your outdoor HVAC unit, as there are many wires and sharp edges that can cause injury. If your child touches any of these parts, there’s a lot that can go wrong. So block off your unit with shrubs or a locked fence to be on the safe side.

Keep remotes out of reach. For any and all of your units, don’t let remote controls go out of sight and into your child’s hands. If they do, your little one can unintentionally break the unit. So place remote controls in drawers or on shelves where your child can’t find them or ponder the idea of playing with them.

Remember that childproofing your HVAC system all depends on a child’s age and size. Consider the above options and give your professional HVAC technician a call if you’re unsure about anything. If you’re in the Naperville area, contact Leslie Heating and Cooling by calling 630.621.9419 or visiting us on the web to learn more about how to keep your children safe at home.