Unfortunately, every winter, there are fire accidents caused by overheated or unattended heating devices. It is easy to prevent accidents caused by fire if you can assess the danger and see the problem areas.
What to remember before and during the heating season
- Your obligation is to keep the building’s chimney and soot flues clean and free of cracks.
- The stove, house, or sauna stove should be heated moderately. Excess heating is one of the most common causes of buildings catching fire.
- You are responsible for ensuring that the electrical wiring and electrical appliances in your home are safe and sound.
- A smoke detector helps you detect a fire as soon as it starts.
- You must not leave heating appliances (stoves, ovens, boilers, heaters, etc.) unattended.
- Do not thaw frozen piping with open flames.
In the case of permanent residential buildings, the heating system and the flues must be cleaned twice a year. In a seasonal residential building, the chimney sweeper must pay a visit once before the heating season begins. Gas heaters must be cleaned once a year. The cleaning frequency must exclude the risk of a soot fire.
The oven should be heated with high-quality firewood. If poor-quality firewood (conifers, cuttings, etc.) is thrown into the heating system, the heater should be maintained more often.
A heating system may be built by a potter with a professional certificate. The validity of this certificate must be checked from the Register of Professions prior to ordering the work. Contacts of potters can be found at www.pottsepad.ee.