Fall back into safe home-heating habits
(NC) As the days get shorter and the nights get cooler, most of us will be spending more time indoors. In addition to bringing in the yard equipment, ensuring leaves are raked, and sealing up all windows and doors, it's important to ensure all natural gas appliances are in working order.
Unfortunately, annual inspections are not on the radar for many Ontarians. According to a survey by Enbridge Gas Distribution, only 50 per cent of customers with a natural gas furnace or boiler, and 21 per cent of customers with a natural gas fireplace, said they have those appliances inspected annually. Another 14 per cent said they have never had their heating equipment inspected.
Natural gas equipment has an excellent safety record, according to Enbridge. However, just like a car requires regular tune-ups, natural gas appliances require maintenance plus an annual inspection by a licensed heating, ventilation and air conditioning professional to make sure they continue to operate safely and efficiently.
If this equipment is not properly maintained, carbon monoxide (CO) could accumulate in the home and put you and your family at serious safety risk.
As a second line of defense, installing and maintaining CO alarms – especially near sleeping areas – is a critical safety measure.
Educate your whole family about what to do if the CO alarm sounds: open windows and doors, and exit the building immediately. If anyone is experiencing flu-like symptoms, seek medical help or call 911.
More information on how to use natural gas safely in your home this season is available online at enbridgegas.com/safety.
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