Safety first – these home heating checks could save your life

When it comes to our home heating, we all need to be alert to the potential dangers. We all know just how important it is to adhere to the safety instructions of major home appliances, but even more so with our home heating equipment, as there are devastating consequences of having faulty or unsafe equipment in our homes. As well as an essential annual boiler service, there are other home heating checks which are easy to do and could help save your life. Always think safety first, and make a note of these simple checks to do today.

Test your carbon monoxide alarm

Carbon monoxide is a silent killer – it is a colourless, odourless, and tasteless gas meaning that without a carbon monoxide alarm you won’t even know it’s there, until it’s too late. Carbon monoxide poisoning can build up over time and manifest as headaches, dizziness, shortness of breath, blurred vision and losing consciousness. Testing your carbon monoxide alarm is essential – when was the last time you checked yours? You also need to ensure the batteries are replaced regularly if it isn’t connected to mains electricity supply. Make sure you position it five feet from the ground for the best possible reading, and if you live in a house with multiple floors make sure to have an alarm on each floor.

Test your smoke alarm weekly  

Having a smoke alarm in your home is just as important as your carbon monoxide alarm, and it is advisable that you have them placed throughout your house. You should test your smoke alarms every week, and never leave them disconnected or without a battery.

Boiler misbehaving

If your boiler is located in a garage or away from the house where you wouldn’t normally spend any time, problems could start without you even realising, especially in the summer when you don’t have much need for your home heating to be on regularly. It’s worth making an effort to check it out once a week for any signs of soot, black marks, leaks or odd noises and get them checked out straight away by a heating engineer before they turn into bigger problems.

Oil tank dents

Your oil tank is a crucial part of your home heating system, and yet it gets positioned in the garden and rarely looked at again. After stormy weather, heavy rainfall or high winds you should always check it for any dents or damages – an oil spill is not only a waste of home heating oil and money, but dangerous and expensive to clean up. You should also make an effort to check the values and pipes leading from it to be certain they are in good condition and haven’t rusted or started leaking.

Fire extinguisher and fire blanket

For a home heating check that could save your life, make sure that you have a fire extinguisher or fire blanket located in your kitchen for tackling small fires that arise from cooking. Nearly two thirds of domestic fires arise from cooking, so it’s essential that you stay safe in the kitchen and take the necessary precautions. Hopefully you’ll never need to use them, but it’s a great relief to know that they are there in cases of emergency.  

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