This time of the year as home heating becomes necessary, there are many activities we undertake that can put us and our property at risk. Fortunately, there are ways to protect yourself, your HVAC system, and your home and to ensure a merry holiday season. To prevent holiday fires in your Port Aransas home, follow these helpful tips.

Turn Off All Appliances Before You Leave Your Home

Whether you’re running to the store to stock up on eggnog or heading out of town to visit relatives, don’t leave appliances running. This is especially important when it comes to heat-generating appliances like dryers, dishwashers, and ovens. Make a habit out of running a quick appliance check before you walk out the door in case the chaos of the holidays causes you to forget.

Pay Attention to Your Decorations

Avoid placing decorations where they could cause a fire hazard. Ensure items including decorations, furniture, and curtains are kept away from space heaters, furnace vents, and the fireplace. Similarly, make sure you don’t put your tree near any heat-generating appliances. If you string your tree with lights, always turn them off before you go to bed or leave the house.

Install Smoke Detectors

Smoke detectors alert you to a problem so you can escape the house and summon help. Never allow the batteries in your smoke detector to become depleted. At a minimum, make sure you have smoke detectors installed near your kitchen and your bedrooms.

Maintain Your Furnace

Furnaces can become dangerous if you never get them serviced. A skilled technician will clean your furnace’s components, inspect its parts, and alert you to any problems that might require further attention. Remember to schedule furnace maintenance annually for the best results.

Don’t jeopardize the holiday season with your family. One way to avoid worry is to make holiday fire prevention a priority. To schedule HVAC maintenance, call Bodine-Scott today at (361) 883-9900.

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