Over the years, you've made sure that your child always had a warm home to keep them comfortable in the winter. Now, they've finally grown up and moved out on their own, and you realize that you might not have shown them everything about how to care for a heating system that they need to know. As your adult child moves into their new home, be sure to share these safety tips so that you know they'll be secure throughout the colder months.
Seek Professional Installation Services
Whether your child's new home did not come with a heater or the one in place is nearing the end of its life, they will eventually need to install a new system. Although it's tempting to skimp on costs by trying to install a heater themselves or hiring an amateur, the truth is that heating installation is more complicated than it seems. Hiring a professional ensures that the right unit is installed and that all of the applicable safety codes are met so that there is never a doubt about the safety and efficiency of the system.
Keep The Heating System Clear
Home heating systems are often located in closets, attics, garages and other spaces that tend to accumulate clutter. Unfortunately, they also contain heating elements and flames that can ignite flammable objects such as boxes and papers. Encourage your child to create at least three feet of space around the unit to stay clutter-free to prevent house fires.
Double Check Smoke and Carbon Monoxide Detectors
Carbon monoxide poisoning is a risk involved with using gas heating systems, and every heater poses some type of fire risk. While following basic safety practices helps to minimize these risks, your child should also double check to make sure that each room in the house is equipped with smoke and carbon monoxide detectors.
Pay Attention to Warning Signs
Heating repairs become more common as the system ages, and handling minor issues early helps to preserve the heater. Teach your child to listen for strange noises when the heater starts up such as knocks or squeals that do not sound right. Your child should also be alert to other warning signs such as a heater blowing cold air. Help them to identify a qualified repair company and store the contact information in their phone so that they can quickly get help if the heater has a problem.
The day your child moves into their own home is a proud moment, and your child still needs you to guide them through this new stage of adulthood. By sharing a few safety tips, you let your child know that you care while also helping them to take care of one of their biggest investments.