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October is recognized as National Fire Prevention Month. It was initiated to commemorate The Great Chicago Fire of 1871. This observance, initially spanning a week, has since evolved to encompass the entire month. This is because, each year, a concerning number of around 358,500 house fires occur. More alarmingly, the majority of these fires can be prevented through simple preventative measures and diligent maintenance. We invite you to join the Five Star Heating & Cooling Cincinnati family as we aim to kindle the flame of safety awareness with the mission of safeguarding you against the threat of real house fires. 

HVAC Fire Hazards: 

First and foremost, it is vital to stress that HVAC systems, in themselves, are not intrinsically hazardous. However, improper practices and instances of negligence can result in potentially hazardous situations. So, familiarizing yourself with prevalent HVAC-related fire hazards is instrumental. 

Problems with Electrical/Wiring 

Among the most prevalent causes of HVAC-related fires are electrical complications. When a home is purchased, the full history of an HVAC unit is not always available. Over time, aging units may experience electrical problems arising from outdated wiring and circuits. So, if you don’t recall when your units were last serviced, please reach out to us. We’ll get you squared away as soon as possible. Consistent maintenance is paramount in averting unwelcome situations. 

Problems with Clutter Around the Units 

Sometimes, furnaces are installed in garages or basements, which are areas often repurposed for storage. This can lead to the accumulation of boxes and other clutter around the unit. Bear in mind that it is recommended, regardless of the unit’s location, to maintain a clutter-free environment and ensure unobstructed airflow around each unit. But most especially, items like paint cans, chemicals, cleaning solutions, or flammable materials, like cardboard, paper, and other related materials, should be kept away from the vicinity.

Problems with Poor Installation 

Improper installation stands as another leading cause of HVAC-related fires. The installation of an HVAC unit involves a multitude of intricate details. Poorly installed units may go unnoticed for years without regular servicing. To mitigate this risk, it is imperative to partner with a licensed HVAC company that deploys certified technicians for installations and diligently schedules routine maintenance checks, as mentioned above. 

Fire Prevention Tips from Your Five Star Heating & Cooling Cincinnati Professionals: 

  • Develop a comprehensive escape plan that includes all family members, including young children. Then designate a well-known meeting spot outside the house for everyone to converge in case of a fire. Lastly, you’ll want to make sure everyone is well aware of this plan and knows what to do in the event a house fire occurs. 
  • Prioritize safety by installing Carbon Monoxide & Explosive Gas Detectors in your home. These devices are capable of detecting carbon monoxide, methane, and propane. 
  • Ensure that smoke detectors are positioned on every level of your home, including the basement. Additionally, you will want to situate smoke detectors outside sleeping areas, such as hallways.  
  • Maintain a regular regimen of testing Smoke and Carbon Monoxide Detectors every month. Batteries should be replaced at least once a year. 
  • Keep in mind that smoke detectors have a limited lifespan of approximately ten years. Check the manufacturing date on the back of all your smoke detectors and replace them accordingly. 
  • Place a fire extinguisher on each level of your home, preferably in easily accessible common areas. 
  • Experts recommend keeping all bedroom doors closed at night, as this tactic can effectively slow the rate at which fire spreads, a strategy recognized many times for saving lives. 

At Five Star Heating & Cooling Cincinnati, we prioritize your family’s safety and are committed to providing you with the tools and knowledge required for safeguarding your loved ones. Consistent annual maintenance is essential to ensuring that your HVAC system complies with contemporary standards and continues to operate efficiently. Contact us to explore our Whole Home Protection Plan, which is designed to preserve and maintain the upkeep of your home and your HVAC system. Rest assured, we stand by your side, safeguarding your home. 

Call Five Star Heating & Cooling Cincinnati today at (513) 216-5011, or schedule an appointment online now by clicking here!