October is Fire Prevention Month, so it’s a good time to raise awareness and implement steps to protect our family.
The National Fire Protection Association reports that a home structure fire is reported every 87 seconds each year. Additionally, 3 out of 5 home fire deaths occur in homes without smoke detectors or without working smoke detectors.
Steps to take to be as prepared as possible include:
- Home (or workplace) fire escape plan
- Changing your smoke-alarm batteries
- Awareness of any chemicals in the home
- Awareness of main reasons for fires starting in the home
While our HVAC systems keep us comfortable when they are working in our favor, well not well maintained, they can be dangerous.
What Causes Fire Hazards in the Home?
As far as your AC system, electrical and mechanical failures are the foremost cause of AC-related home fires. When you get your regular tune-ups, we are able to make sure everything is working as it should.
Just think: sometimes in the summer, people keep their AC units running, and for longer. At times, that can mean conditioner drains overflow or have other issues.
First, we want to make sure that any heating coils are in the normal operating range—this is to avoid any resistance which can cause heat, and then a fire. We make sure the system is operating as it should; any squeaky sounds, strange noises, bumping or tapping is just one sign you could have issues with your system.
Maintaining your HVAC system by a professional not only improves its efficiency, but it reduces the risk of fire.
Here’s a look at some of the steps along the way:
- Ensuring the fan motor is not being overworked, including cleaning the interior AC coils and replacing the air filters regularly
- Ensuring window air conditioner are not using extension cords
- Lubricating belt drive pulleys or other equipment, when applicable
- Expertly-cleaned coils or furnace burners, ensuring debris is removed
When it comes to ultimate fire safety, you’re also looking to do the following:
- Ensure that ACs are plugged into their own outlet
- Remove any improperly grounded receptacles (something electricians can assist with)
- Keep any flammable materials far from any space heaters
- Make sure any space heaters are only on firm and solid surfaces
- Inspection of the attic and crawl spaces
- Remove loose fittings, leaking valves, faulty pilot lights, and/or any debris or improperly stored flammable materials near HVAC system and others places
- Remove any overloaded circuit breakers, panel boxes, or fuse boxes
- Inspection of the individual breaker connections
Ready for your HVAC maintenance? Give us a call today at 859-491-4915.