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December 13, 2011 08:42 ET

Furnace Safety and Other Household Tips for a Safe Holiday Season

PISCATAWAY, NEW JERSEY--(Marketwire - Dec. 9, 2011) - It's that time of year again; when the weather grows colder and hearts are warmed by the approach of the holiday season. Before you know it family and friends will be stopping by for dinner, parties or casual get-togethers. Of course you'll want to make sure that your home, your family and cherished guests remain safe and comfortable all season long, so try these simple tips for furnace safety and more during the holiday season.

Schedule Regular Furnace Checkups

Whether you have a gas furnace or oil furnace it's always best to have your heating and venting systems inspected on an annual basis. Prior to the start of the holidays, schedule an appointment with your local HVAC expert, such as an independent American Standard Heating and Air Conditioning technician. During the appointment, your HVAC specialist will conduct a diagnostic test to prevent carbon monoxide hazards and to ensure that your furnace will be in top condition throughout the duration of the season.

Use Holiday Candles with Care

Whenever you use holiday candles be sure to take extra care. Make sure your candle holder is placed on a steady table with nothing too close to the flames. Check candles often to ensure that they haven't burned down too low and of course, never leave holiday candles unattended.

Change Furnace Filters

A dirty filter impairs the performance of your furnace. So clean or replace your filters at least once per month.

Practice Good Christmas Light Safety Habits

Decorating your tree, banisters or the outside of your home with lights this Christmas season? There are several simple ways that you can let your light shine safely.

  • Check light strings before use
  • Never overload electrical outlets
  • Don't nail or staple lights to your house
  • Always unplug indoor lights before leaving home or going to bed
  • Only use weather resistant outdoor lights and extension cords for outdoor light displays

Check or install CO detectors

Carbon Monoxide has no color or smell, so be sure to check your CO detectors before the upcoming holidays, or install some if you haven't already.

Keep Your Home Furnace Friendly

Make sure that combustible items like paper, chemicals and cleaning products aren't stored anywhere near your furnace. Also keep in mind that your furnace requires proper ventilation at all times, so if you're looking for a place to stash those holiday gifts until the big day, you'll want to take a pass on the furnace room or wherever your furnace or air handler happens to be housed.

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