Home heating safety – how careful are you?

Safety at work is something we’re all aware of, and with copious amounts of health and safety legislation in place it’s reassuring to know that someone has taken the time to plan out processes should things go wrong. We’re not saying you should have the same rigorous attention to detail at home however, but it does pay to think about implementing a few simple home heating safety considerations for your own peace of mind. Here’s a few tips about home heating safety for you to implement straight away.

Boiler service

If you haven’t had your boiler serviced yet this year you need to arrange this as soon as possible. A trained engineer will be able to detect any problems and potential hazards to your home and your health with his checks. These include making sure the airways are clear, that there are no lose fixtures and fittings and that no harmful gases are being released into your home. A boiler service normally costs around £50, and in most cases it is a legal requirement if you live in an apartment building or are a landlord with tenants renting your property.

Fire prevention and safety

Prevention is better than cure, and when it comes to fire safety make sure you have all the necessary equipment to keep your family safe. A working smoke alarm is crucial, and you should test it weekly to ensure the batteries are still working and that the alarm sounds. It is advisable to have at least one per floor in your home. A fire extinguisher can be kept at home to tackle small fires if it is safe to do so. Check out this guide from the Fire Service for the most appropriate type of fire extinguisher to have and what each type can be used for.

Carbon monoxide detector

In addition to smoke alarms you should have a carbon monoxide detector at home. Carbon monoxide is odourless, colourless and tasteless and is extremely toxic. Breathing it can you make you extremely unwell and carbon monoxide poisoning kills – it is easily preventable by having a detector in your home. Symptoms of carbon monoxide poisoning include tension headaches, dizziness, nausea, shortness of breath and tiredness. Don’t delay this task if you don’t already have a detector, buy one today.

Fire escape plan

Should the worst happen, you need a fire escape plan that everyone knows about. Inspect possible safe routes and exits and make sure you have keys to get out and you don’t remain locked inside in all the ensuing confusion. Make sure you have a safe place to meet once outside, somewhere away from the property.

Emergency contact numbers

Good people to have on your emergency contact are the names and numbers for a heating engineer, a plumber and an electrician. You should also have the number for an ‘in case of emergency’ contact – whether that’s a family member or a neighbour. If there’s a fire and you need the emergency services, always get to safety and then dial 999.

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