Winter heating safety tips from OTC Insurance

Author: Jack Churchill Posted on: 19.11.2015
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OTC Insurance Brokers Inc. is a Nova Scotia-based insurance broker. This week’s blog post looks at winter heating safety tips.

The last few days sure have felt like winter. While the forecast for the next few days is mild with lots of rain, winter will soon be here.

And with winter comes snow.

Hopefully, we’ll be spared from the winter we had last year.

I was reminded of all this with an email that came in from Irving Oil talking about winter heating safety tips. The info can also be found on Irving’s website.

The company says two of the biggest risks snow poses to your heating system are oil leaks that come about due to damaged fittings, and carbon monoxide poisoning because of vents that get blocked.

To help guard against this, before a snowstorm, Irving Oil recommends marking the location of the tank itself, the fill pipes and vent, so they can all be easily found.

After a storm, you’ll want to use something like a broom to help wipe away the snow. From top to bottom, be sure to get it all – “tanks, gauges, fittings, and lines,” as Irving Oil puts it.

You should also be thinking about more than the tank itself.

“Appliance vents, chimneys and flues must also be kept clear of snow and ice so appliances can vent properly,” says the site.

It probably goes without saying, but whenever you are removing snow from all of these different pieces of equipment, be careful not to damage them.

Icicles are another winter worry, so keep an eye out for them and deal with them. You don’t want them to be crashing down on your heating equipment.

It might not be pleasant to be thinking about these preparations now, but with some legwork this winter, you won’t have anything to worry about.

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