MARIPOSA — The California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (CAL FIRE) Madera-Mariposa-Merced Unit Chief Nancy Koerperich would like to remind the public of the importance of annually inspecting home heating equipment. Home fires occur when using dangerous heating equipment or unsafe practices. Below are some important safety tips to keep your home and family safe and warm.
When was your flue last cleaned?
Chimney sweep vendors in your area can be found on the internet and in the yellow pages of the local phone book under “chimney cleaning.” Flue brushes can be rented from local vendors for a minimal charge.
Inspect home heating units
Clean duct openings. Check the floor grills and wall furnace heating grills for obstructions that may have been left there during the summer.
Check all gas appliances
Hundreds of people die each year in the United States from carbon monoxide poisoning, an odorless, tasteless, and colorless gas. To prevent your chances of becoming a statistic, gas appliance lines and vents must be checked for obstructions, leaks and wear or damage. Now is a good time to change the battery in your carbon monoxide alarm or purchase and install a carbon monoxide alarm in your home...