Although this winter has been deceitfully mild, it’s not over yet. We still have a little while until spring. All of us at Snellville Heating and Air in Gwinnett County Georgia want you to protect your family while keeping them comfortable. Here are a few suggestions to prevent fires caused by heating devices. Firstly, have your furnace inspected every 12 months to make sure it’s in good working condition. Check to see that all the emergency shut-offs are functioning. Keep the area around your furnace free of clutter (particularly near the burner area). Don’t ever store combustibles within half a foot of your vent pipe. Keep most of the vents open constantly, as closing one fifth or more of them can create heat buildup in the furnace. If you have a gas fireplace, and you can smell gas in the air, turn off the gas valve immediately, and contact a professional to look at it. If the pilot light goes out, relight it. If the problem persists and it keeps going out, have it checked out by someone. Never increase gas pressure under any circumstances. That can cause an explosion. If you utilize space heaters, make sure that any flammable materials are a minimum of three feet away from the unit. What sort of materials? Drapes, paper, clothing, and so on. Don’t rely on space heaters as the primary heat source for your home. Avoid using extension cords with space heaters. If the outlet to which the heater is connected gets hot to the touch, have that outlet inspected. Don’t ever use space heaters in any bathroom or other damp areas unless the heater has been specifically made for that application. Never use the oven in your kitchen as an ancillary heating device- the risk of fire is very high, and toxic fumes can infect the air in the house. If your water pipes get frozen, don’t ever use an open flame to thaw them. Heat could be conducted down the pipe and could set the walls on fire. To be safer, you may use hot water or a blow dryer to melt the ice. First and foremost, keep your loved ones safe this year. If you need any HVAC services, contact Snellville Heating and Air in Walton County Georgia for all of your service needs.