GREENSBURG – Winter weather is here and Vectren Energy Delivery (Vectren) wants to remind customers to be aware of heating safety throughout the winter months.
Having a furnace tune-up by a professional; knowing how to prevent carbon monoxide poisoning and detect a gas leak; and being aware of the safety precautions associated with the use of space heaters are simple ways to keep your household safe throughout the year.
“As seasonal temperatures continue to drop and the need for heating your home grows, it’s important to keep safety in mind,” said Mike Roeder, president of Vectren Energy Delivery of Indiana - North. “Safety begins with simple steps such as ensuring your furnace, space heaters and fireplaces are properly ventilated and the batteries in your smoke detectors and carbon monoxide detectors are in good working condition.”
Customers should consider safety precautions associated with home heating, the use of natural gas and the use of electric space heaters. Furthermore, don’t forget to change the batteries in smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors throughout the home on an annual basis.
Space Heater Safety
According to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) supplemental heating equipment, such as electrical and kerosene heaters, is the leading cause of home fires during the months of December, January and February. To help prevent fires and carbon monoxide (CO) poisoning from the use of space heaters, adhere to the following tips as recommended by the NFPA.
Install and use appliances according to the manufacturer’s instructions.
Consider using space heaters with automatic shut-off capabilities.
Never use unvented gas or kerosene heaters in closed spaces, especially sleeping areas.
Don’t use gas appliances such as an oven, range or clothes dryer to heat the home.
Leave a window cracked about an inch for ventilation and fresh air. Ventilation is important to keep fuel-burning space heaters from consuming too much oxygen in the house.