Category Archives: Home Safety

Ensuring Boiler Safety

Posted on January 29th, 2019 by
Ensuring Boiler Safety

If you’ve recently purchased a home that has a boiler, you may not be familiar with this kind of heating system. Boilers heat water using gas or electricity, then pump the hot water through piping to radiators in each room, or circulate it through tubing installed under the floors. For the well-being of your family, you should ensure boiler safety by following these steps:

Have the Heating System Maintained Annually

A boiler is just like a gas furnace or heat pump in one regard – it needs regular preventive care from a qualified HVAC pro to operate safely. When you schedule an annual system inspection, cleaning and tuneup, a technician will complete a number of safety-centric tasks, including:

Verifying correct water pressure, temperature and flow. Checking the water level and testing the low-water fuel cut-off. Inspecting the pressure tank and testing the pressure relief valve. Verifying proper pump, zone valve, and damper operation. Checking for corrosion and cracks in the heat exchanger. Inspecting and cleaning the burner. Cleaning the pilot assembly and orifice, and inspecting the flame sensor. Checking for leaks and the condition of the seals. Lubricating all the system motors. Inspecting the venting system. Checking the wiring and …
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Keeping your Baby Safe: The Ideal Nursery Temperature

Posted on January 17th, 2019 by
Keeping your Baby Safe: The Ideal Nursery Temperature

Many new parents make the mistake of trying to keep a baby too warm. The fact is, babies don’t need tropical conditions in the nursery; research has revealed they are more comfortable and safer if you set the thermostat the same as for anyone else, between 68-72 degrees. If that seems too cool to you, read on and you will understand why it’s better not to raise the nursery temperature too high.

Optimum Temperature

Research shows that the optimum temperature range to promote sleep for a baby is in the 65-70 degree range. It’s a good idea to have a thermometer in baby’s room so you can monitor the temperature, not letting it get too hot or too cold. It it seems too warm, crack a window open or turn on a fan, but do avoid keeping the baby in a draft.

Above all, don’t subscribe to the common misconception that a baby has to be as warm as it was in the womb. Actually, a too-hot room can increase the risk of sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS) in babies from one to 12 months old. This condition occurs when babies can’t wake up when something goes wrong with …
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How to Use a Backup Generator Safely

Posted on November 14th, 2018 by

A generator can be a lifesaver during a power outage, but only if you practice each aspect of generator safety. These appliances use combustible fuels to produce electricity. Generators have the capacity to do a lot of good, but when misused, can cause serious harm.

Always use the generator outdoors.

Generators use gas or diesel, both of which create carbon monoxide. Using one indoors will create high amounts of CO in a short period. If you are using the generator near a window or door be sure to keep them closed at all times.

You may smell the fumes from the generator, but the CO created has no odor, color, or taste. CO can easily overcome you and your family. If you need to run the generator for extended periods of time, place a CO detector in the room closest to its location outdoors.

Watch where you connect

Never plug the generator into an electrical outlet inside your home to backfeed the powers supply. Ignoring this generator safety mandate could cause a serious or fatal shock to a neighbor or utility worker who is working on the line.

Extension Cords

Use heavy-duty extension cords to supply power to your appliances …
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Avoid Holiday Fire Hazards

Posted on December 21st, 2017 by
Avoid Holiday Fire Hazards

Sadly, house fires are all-too-common during the holiday season. Don’t let the rush to check off your holiday to-do list distract you and make you forget fire safety procedures. Keep your loved ones safe and avoid holiday fire hazards by following these tips.

Maintain Heating Sources

Nothing beats settling into a warm home on a chilly winter night. Whether you are lighting a fire in the fireplace, turning the thermostat up or using other heat sources, put safety first by:

Having your home’s heating system inspected. If you have not already had an HVAC tech come by for a maintenance visit, now is the time to schedule it. Your technician will clean important elements and perform general maintenance to ensure the system will operate safely and efficiently. Using space heaters cautiously. Never leave these unattended and place them three feet, at minimum, away from flammable materials. To avoid needing space heaters, consider upgrading to an HVAC zoning system. This allows you the freedom to direct more heat to certain zones of the home, as needed, without wasting heat in other rooms. Practicing fireplace safety. This includes having your fireplace and chimney cleaned and inspected, using a spark screen, keeping flammable …
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Surge Protectors for Storm Preparation

Posted on August 8th, 2017 by
Surge Protectors for Storm Preparation

When you think about a surge protector, you might picture a device to protect home electronics like computers and televisions. While these items definitely need safeguarding from power surges, the mostly costly equipment in your home deserves it too: the indoor and outdoor components of your air conditioning system.

Why Are Power Surges a Concern?

A “power surge” in the electrical current in your home occurs when there’s a short stop-and-restart in the flow, or when the current is sent backwards through your electrical wiring. Such surges can differ greatly in intensity, from a minor five-to-ten volt disruption when you plug in an appliance in your kitchen, to a massive surge of thousands of volts when lightning strikes a transformer. Although lightning strikes are by far the most powerful and damaging cause of surges, they and other storm-related events like power outages and tree limbs contacting power lines are responsible for only about one-fifth of voltage fluctuations in an average home. The remainder originate within the home’s own electrical system.

Why Are Air Conditioners Vulnerable to Power Surge Damage?

Years ago, air conditioners were comprised of mechanical equipment without built-in electronics.

Today’s energy-efficient A/Cs typically contain various electronics and …
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