Precautions as Heaters Turn On

by Emily Baird on September 28, 2009 at 4:31 am

People may be thinking of turning on the heat later this week as we wake up to low’s in the upper 30’s and lower 40’s, but Muskingum Valley Red Cross Executive Director, Dan Hartman, says you need to use a lot of precautions when it comes to heating your home.

"We can’t stress enough that fires will happen, and if you’re not careful, they’re going to happen to you, " says Hartman.

Hartman says to make sure you check your chimneys, don’t plug too many cords into outlets, and check you smoke detectors, but he says most of the problems stem from how we heat our homes during the first blast of cold, fall air.

"Folks won’t turn their furnaces on, but they’ll use cube heaters or supplemental heating sources, and a lot of homes don’t have the wiring that it takes to pull the amps to run those little things. So, that’s where a lot of concern is. It’s not so much that the furnaces come on. It’s that the furnaces don’t come on, " says Hartman.

Hartman says if you’re going to use supplemental heating sources, put them on a stable surfaces that aren’t flammable.