Stay Warm and Safe This Winter Published on January 12, 2017 With the winter weather we all tend to spend most of our time indoors trying to stay warm. While sometimes hiding under the covers and drinking hot cocoa will do the trick, Hammond Plumbing & Heating is here with a couple tips on how to stay warm (and safe!) this winter. Install Carbon Monoxide Detectors Verify you have carbon monoxide (CO) detectors installed on all floors of your home, particularly near bedrooms, and test them to make sure they are functioning. Since CO is an odorless gas and cannot be detected, it’s crucial that you have operating CO detectors to make sure you are safe. Get Your Chimney Inspection This is the ideal time of year to get the fireplace up and running, but before you do, make sure you have your chimney cleaned and inspected by a professional. The fireplace may be a source of CO if you don’t keep it properly cleaned and maintained. Be Careful with Space Heaters Space heaters are generally safe, energy efficient, and a successful way to heat small sections of your home, but confirm it has been authorized by a recognized testing laboratory and contains an automatic shut-off feature. Observe all manufacturer’s instructions and ensure it is placed on a hard, level surface at least 3 feet away from any flammable items. Furnace Tune-Up With a Precision tune-up from Hammond Plumbing & Heating in Kitchener, we will perform a safety check of your heating system to be sure there are no leaks or carbon monoxide issues. Along with a furnace tune-up, confirm your heating vents are not blocked and that you’re swapping out your air filter every 30 days. This will avoid the air flow from becoming restricted and help stop allergens from irritating respiratory issues. If You Need Help Staying Warm, Ask There are appropriate ways and wrong ways to heat your home – using the oven, a grill, or a camp stove are all wrong ways. Using these devices to heat your home could cause a fire or a dangerous buildup of carbon monoxide. If you need support paying your utility bills, visit NeedHelpPayingBills.com to find a service in Kitchener. To make sure your home is ready to keep you safe and warm through the winter, call Hammond Plumbing & Heating at 519-894-3222 today.