During the winter, homeowners need to be more vigilant than ever when it comes to fire safety and home heating. This applies to various heating sources, ranging from central combustion heating systems and fireplaces to wood stoves and space heaters.

fireplaceWhere fire safety and home heating are concerned, the National Fire Protection Association states that portable and fixed residential heating devices — a category that includes fireplaces, wood stoves and space heaters — cause two-thirds of home heating fires and the same percentage of fire-related deaths. While central heating systems cause a relatively small percentage of residential fires, safety is no less important.

Fire Safety and Home Heating Tips

For central combustion heating…

• Always have a credentialed, professional HVAC contractor install new central heating equipment. Proper installation is imperative and should include great care with venting and the exhaust flue or chimney.
• Schedule annual HVAC maintenance. The technician will clean all components and test and adjust parts of the system. He’ll look at the exhaust venting and the ductwork to make sure everything’s set up correctly. These steps will improve fire safety, as well as system efficiency and performance.
• If your furnace uses fuel oil or propane, make sure the tank and lines have been inspected for leaks.

For fireplaces and wood stoves…

• All chimneys should be inspected yearly to make sure they’re not blocked by creosote and other materials. The chimney technician will use a video camera to examine the chimney lining and ensure it’s not cracked or missing mortar between sections. When this happens, flames and exhaust gases, including carbon monoxide, may escape the chimney and get into your home’s structure.
• Follow basic fireplace and wood stove safety tips, including never disposing of hot ashes near the home. Always use a metal or glass spark screen in front of the fireplace, and never use lighter fluid or other igniting liquids to help start a fire. Follow basic safety rules for space heaters, too.
For other fire safety and home heating tips, please contact Griffith Energy Services, Inc. We proudly serve Maryland, Delaware, Northern Virginia and other parts of the Mid-Atlantic region.

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Dear Customers,

At this time, when the news is dominated by the Coronavirus (COVID-19) health emergency around the world, we wanted to personally reach out and let you know that we are vigilantly implementing enhanced protocols to ensure your safety and the safety of our team.

We are closely monitoring the guidance of the World Health Organization and the Centers for Disease Control regarding the spread of the virus. This is an evolving situation and we will continue to develop and take necessary measures as needed. Our focus is to ensure that we meet customer needs while doing our part to keep you, our employees, and our communities safe.

Here’s what we’re doing:

  • Everyone on our team has received enhanced training and protocol briefings. We will continue to evolve and adjust these protocols as needed.
  • We are implementing telecommuting options for positions where applicable.
  • Non-essential work travel is currently on hold for all employees.
  • We are conducting enhanced cleaning practices at our locations and are instructing employees to continually sanitize their work stations and vehicles.
  • We are also urging all employees to be vigilant about frequent hand washing.

Information for you:
If you have an existing service appointment, we look forward to seeing you and want to reassure you that we are doing everything we can to promote a safe and secure service experience.

During this challenging time, if you are experiencing symptoms related to the COVID-19 virus or have been exposed to it, in order to protect our team and all the customers we serve, we encourage you to please reschedule your service appointment, by calling us at 888-474-3391.

Your safety is our highest priority and we truly appreciate the trust that you place in our team and our company.

Best regards,
Griffith Energy Services
888-474-3391

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