Have a heating professional check your heating system every year. Wood
burning stove connector pipes and chimneys should be inspected by
a certified chimney sweep at least annually.
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Replace your furnace
filters need to be replaced frequently to allow
your heating and cooling systems to operate properly.
Run all gas-powered
lawn equipment until the fuel tank is empty. By
doing this, you are removing flammable liquid
storage from your garage. At the same time, make
sure you aren't storing dirty, oily rags in a
pile. They can ignite spontaneously.
Have a certified
chimney sweep inspect
and clean the flues and check your fireplace
and creosote, which build up inside the chimney,
can ignite when a fire is lit in the fireplace.
Remove bird nests
from chimney flues and outdoor electrical fixtures. Bird
nests on top of light fixtures are a fire hazard.
Bird nests in chimney flues can prevent a proper
venting of combustion gases and can catch fire
from sparks. You should exercise great caution
when working on your roof or consider hiring
a qualified professional to take care of any
work that needs to be done.
Inspect and clean
dust from the covers of your smoke and carbon
Make sure the caulking
around doors and windows is adequate to reduce
heat/cooling loss. Check glazing
for loose or missing putty or glazing compound.
This will also help reduce water damage to the
windows and door frames.
Make sure that the
caulking around your bathroom fixtures is adequate
to prevent water from seeping into the sub-flooring. Check
for cracked or missing caulk around the base
of your toilet, bath tub, and bathroom cabinets.
Properly sealing gaps between your bathroom fixtures
and flooring material can prevent damage.