Tips to Safely Heat Your Home This Winter Published on November 02, 2016 Every year over 20,000 people go to the emergency room as a result of carbon monoxide poisoning. This colorless, odorless gas is referred to as the silent killer because it’s virtually undetectable without a carbon monoxide detector. Carbon monoxide, as specified by the CDC, is produced by gas ranges, furnaces, fireplaces, stoves, and boilers so it only makes sense that carbon monoxide poisoning increases during the colder months when people are trying to heat their homes. To help keep your family safe, Hammond Plumbing & Heating is here with a couple tips to safety warm your home. Place a CO detector on each floor of your home and replace the batteries annually.Keep all potential sources of combustion, such as bedding, paper, or clothing, at least three feet away from space heaters, stoves, furnaces or fireplaces.Before igniting a fire in the fireplace, be sure to check to confirm the chimney damper is open and unblocked.Do not leave portable heaters or fireplaces unwatched. Power off space heaters and be sure all embers in the fireplace are fully extinguished before going to bed or leaving home.Space heaters should always be positioned on the floor, and on a hard, fire-resistant surface, like concrete or tile. Keep kids and animals away from space heaters.When purchasing a new space heater, invest in a model that powers off automatically if the heater tumbles over.Don’t use a cooking range to heat your home.Have wood and coal stoves, fireplaces, chimneys and gas or oil furnaces professionally inspected and cleaned every year. The ultimate thing you can do for your heating equipment is to be sure it’s not only ready to keep your family warm all winter but also safe, is to call for your fall tune-up. During your furnace tune-up, Hammond Plumbing will check to ensure your heating equipment is operating safely with a total multi-point inspection and cleaning. Call 519-894-3222 today and find out how you can save on a furnace tune-up through November 25th.