Safety Reminder: Inspecting Heating Equipment Now Could Save Lives

September 25, 2015

If you are like most people, you probably do not give much thought to your furnace or other home heating appliances until the first cold streak hits.  Given the climate in Cleveland and throughout Northeast Ohio, once we begin using our heating appliances we may continue to need them for weeks or even months at a time.  Unfortunately, dangerous and unsafe heating units can cause serious personal injuries even with limited use, and the long-term use required during a harsh Ohio winter only increases the risk to you and your family.

Heating Sources Cause Home Fires and Carbon Monoxide Poisoning Deaths Every Year

As we have told readers before, home fires peak during the winter months due to increased use of heating appliances.  Heating sources, from the smallest space heater to the most powerful furnace, can cause fires in a number of ways.  Faulty wiring, negligent installation, or nearby flammable items can all result in deadly home fires.  Malfunctioning heating equipment also poses a serious risk of carbon monoxide poisoning.   

Install and/or Test Your Smoke and Carbon Monoxide Detectors Now

Perhaps the easiest safety precaution that any person can take is to use both smoke detectors and carbon monoxide detectors in one’s home.  While a detector may not prevent a fire from occurring, these devices can alert you and your family to the presence of dangerous smoke or carbon monoxide and may prevent dangerous inhalation.  Apartment owners are encouraged to use these devices as well—while your landlord may have a duty to maintain smoke detectors in working order, perform your own inspection. 

Have Your Furnace or Heating Unit Inspected

It is a good idea to have your furnace inspected by a professional to ensure it is functioning properly.  This should be performed prior to putting it under the stress of weeks or months of continuous operation.  Do not wait until the first cold streak hits.  House fires caused by furnaces and heaters happen every year in Ohio, and a simple inspection may prevent a serious tragedy.

If You or a Loved One Were Injured in a Home Fire, Consult an Ohio Personal Injury Attorney

Lowe Scott Fisher Co., LPA has helped numerous clients and their families following home fire injuries and wrongful deaths.  Contact us today for a free consultation.


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