More Central Oregon Winter Weather Tips
Tips for Avoiding Smoke Damage and Carbon Monoxide Poisoning
It’s cold outside and everyone recognizes the obvious risks that come with ice, snow and freezing temperatures. There’s plenty of talk about slick roads, ice dams and freezing pipes, but there are heat and fire and smoke damage risks this winter too.
Heat Sources, Carbon Monoxide and Smoke Damage
With winter weather forces many residents in Central Oregon to knock the proverbial dust off their heaters or the literal soot out of their fire places. Make sure you identify the risks with your heating source and take the preventative measures to avoid smoke damage in your home this winter.
Fuel Burning Heat Sources
Fuel-burning appliances burn wood or a petroleum-based fuel like oil, propane, gas or kerosene. Fuel burning appliances include: oil and gas furnaces, gas water heaters, gas ranges and ovens, gas dryers, gas or kerosene space heaters, fireplaces and wood stoves
Make sure that they are installed and working according to manufacturers’ instructions and local building codes. Have all of your fuel-burning appliances inspected and cleaned by a professional at the beginning of every heating season.
Make sure that you install carbon monoxide monitors and smoke alarms in your home to alert you of a fire, smoke or carbon monoxide build up in your home. If you have any questions or concerns, contact your local fire department and set up a free home inspection. Most fire agencies do this.
Make sure that you clean or have your chimney cleaned regularly – especially if you’re burning the wood you’re cutting down in Central Oregon. Certain woods contain more creosol or soot, so make sure that you’re taking that into account to your maintenance schedule. A buildup of creosol or soot can clog your chimney or catch fire – either one could create a significant amount of smoke damage in your home.
Make certain that chimneys and flues are connected, unclogged and in good working condition.
Have only a qualified technician install or convert fuel-burning equipment from one type to another.
Other Fire and Home Heat Safety Tips
- Never use ovens and gas ranges to heat your home
- Never use a charcoal grill inside a home, enclosed space or fireplace
- Make sure your furnace has an adequate intake of outside air
- Choose heating appliances that vent fumes to the outside whenever possible
- Follow the cautions that come with the device, especially when using an unvented gas or kerosene space heater
- Use the proper fuel and keep doors to the rest of the house open when using gas or kerosene space heaters
- Crack a window to ensure enough air for ventilation and proper burning of fuel
- Never sleep in an enclosed space with gas or kerosene space heaters
- Install carbon monoxide detectors with an audible alarm in your home and garage
Other Central Oregon Resources
- City of Bend, Oregon, Smoke Alarm Information
- City of Bend, Oregon, Carbon Monoxide Alarm Information
If you have any questions about smoke damage, contact our Fire-Damage Restoration Team to learn more, and check out our Fire Damage Repair Page to learn more about our services.