An important component of home safety involves identifying and removing potentially dangerous hazards from your living spaces. Here are some tips for what to look for and how to neutralize hazards in three of the most common categories.
1. Fire hazards
- Remove flammable material to reduce the possibility of fire. This includes items such as accumulated newspapers, old mattresses, discarded rags or clothing, broken furniture and piles of paper or cardboard.
- Make sure flammable material such as paper, curtains, rugs and clothing are not near or able to make contact with gas appliances, sources of open flames, heaters or electrical equipment.
- Have preventive maintenance performed on your HVAC system, including checks and repairs of chimneys, flues, ductwork and ventilation equipment.
- Do not place heaters, candles or other potential fire-starters near curtains or other flammable material.
- Place space heaters on a flat, level surface to avoid tipping; use units that have safety features such as automatic shut-off if the unit is knocked over.
2. Electrical hazards
- Check extension cords for damage and wear, such as cracking, fraying, loose prongs and loose plugs. Replace these hazardous cords immediately.
- Plug in only one item per outlet; avoid overloading outlets by using cube taps or other accessories that create more plug-ins.
- Do not run electrical cords under rugs or carpets or over heaters, pipes, nails or other sources that could melt or damage insulation.
- Repair or replace any appliances or equipment that overheats, smokes, sparks, causes circuit breakers to trip or is otherwise unsafe. NOTE: Circuit beakers like any other device have a design limit in terms of makes and breaks, they ought to be replaced if they have cycled repeatedly.
3. Chemical hazards
- Store flammable liquids such as gasoline, kerosene, paint thinner, lighter fluid and solvents in safety-approved containers.
- Ensure containers of hazardous materials are stored in well-ventilated areas and away from heaters, appliances and sources of sparks or flames.
- Make sure containers are well sealed and undamaged.
- Put oily rags in sealed metal cans.
- Do not use flammable material for indoor cleaning or to start fires.
Customers in the Greater Cleveland and northern Ohio areas know they can turn to P.K. Wadsworth Heating & Cooling Inc. for professional HVAC services, including expert maintenance and repair. Contact us today for more information on home safety and the importance of finding and correcting hazards as soon as possible.
Paul Wadsworth is the President and Owner of P.K. Wadsworth Heating and Cooling. For 37 years, Paul has been providing heating and cooling services to the Greater Cleveland area. P.K. Wadsworth has been a trusted Cleveland HVAC service company for 75 years. The company understand the area's construction and local heating and air conditioning needs. Paul has an MBA from the University of Michigan and a B.S., Industrial Engineering from Purdue University. He's been President of the Cleveland Air Conditioning Contractors of America and a founding member of the local chapter. Paul was born and raised in Cleveland and has been active in the local community. He resides in Cleveland, Ohio with his wife and two sons.
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