Keeping Your Family Safe in Winter: Heating Safety Tips

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Is it cold where you are? Typically the coldest months of the year are January and February so we’re right in the midst of it now. I hope you are bundling up and staying nice and toasty.

This year is not nearly as frigid as it was last year though. Last year was crazy. We had -20 degree weather and huge $500+ heater bills to go along with it. NOT fun times.

Our poor heater couldn’t keep up with the extreme cold. It just ran and ran and our bill went up and up. Sadly, with increased heater usage can come potential dangers. Here are some heating safety tips all families should make a top priority during the winter months.

With heaters running full blast this time of year one thing you have to be on the look out for are fire hazards. Heating equipment is the leading cause of home fires. Think furnaces, fireplaces, ovens, space heaters. Anything that puts off heat.

According to the NFPA, doing simple things like having your heating equipment quality checked yearly by a professional, cleaning out your chimneys, testing smoke alarms monthly, and keeping flammables at least three feet away from heat sources can make all the difference. It’s really about common sense. If you aren’t a professional installing a central heating unit probably isn’t the best idea. You wouldn’t be familiar with the local codes or recognize potential problems like a professional would. It’s better to be safe than sorry.

Just last week, a house fire in High Point, North Carolina was likely caused by a space heater or problem with the heater’s cord. Thankfully no injuries occurred. If you have pets be even more vigilant about cords. I have a cat that loves to chew on things just like other people dogs or rabbits like to do. She’s chewed right through cords but other times she just nicks them with her teeth making them more vulnerable to shortages. It’s just plain not safe.

What precautions do you take in the winter to keep your family safe?


Krystle Cook – the creator of Home Jobs by MOM – put her psychology degree on a shelf and dived into a pile of diapers and dishes instead. She is a wife and mother to two rambunctious boys, sweating it out in her Texas hometown. She loves cooking, DIY home projects, and family fun activities.


  1. As the entire East Coast braces for a historic blizzard, I’m sure this message is timely and helpful. Thank goodness I live in California where we seldom have to turn on the heat at all.

  2. We had our whole house energy sealed about 3 or 4 years ago. Our related utility bills went down, we knew our HVAC was running less, and it was a valuable investment. The coldest room in our house is now pretty much up to stuff with the rest of our house in the winter. We have to definitely take precautions for safety and that for us, came with the energy tune up. Thanks Krystle.

    • That’s good you got your house sealed Patricia. We’re building a house and it’s supposed to be LEED certified. Hopefully it works. The house we live in now the master gets burning up while other rooms barely get warm.

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