A small house has many advantages, such as minimal maintenance and expenses. It's ideal when you're downsizing or just starting out. You spend less on heating, cooling, and other bills.
Even though your square footage is smaller, you can still have all the features and amenities of a full-size home. However, a tiny house does have some unique safety challenges.
One thing you have to be careful of is your home heating. Mistakes or negligence can lead to fires, carbon monoxide poisoning, or other dangers. Luckily, there are ways to keep your family safe. They include:
Never Ignore Furnace Issues
Look for heating repair services whenever you suspect issues. However, first, understand how the system works to quickly detect issues such as strange noises, uneven heating, or excessive dust. These problems could be early signs of a fire hazard.
Paying for furnace repair might cost money upfront, but it could save your life in the long run. Also, keep up with the maintenance schedule. It entails changing the filter regularly and having a professional inspect and clean the system annually.
Don't Overdo It With Portable Heaters
If you're using a space heater, give it some space. Place it at least three feet away from anything that can catch fire, such as curtains, furniture, and clothing. Turn it off when you leave the room or go to bed.
Don't use extension cords with the heater or plug anything else into the same outlet. Keep an eye on the cord, too. If it's frayed or damaged, get a new one. Most importantly, never plug a heater into a power strip. If possible, invest in an automatic shut-off switch. This way, if the heater tips over, it will turn off.
Invest in Carbon and Smoke Detectors
You might not think you need a carbon monoxide detector in a tiny house. However, any home can have this problem, no matter the size. Invest in a quality carbon monoxide detector, and test it regularly. You should also have smoke alarms throughout your home. Installation is easy and could save your life in a fire.
Keep Vents and Chimneys Clear
Take special care if you have a fireplace or wood-burning stove. Keep the chimney clear of debris before use, preventing fires. Inspect the outside of your home, too. Make sure vents are clear of snow, leaves, and other debris. Doing this enables the furnace or stove to work more efficiently and prevent fires. Have a professional sweep the chimney at least once a year.
Keep Water Away From Heat Sources
Water and electricity don't mix. Keep them away from each other to prevent fires and shocks. If you have a boiler, water heater, or any other water source in your tiny house, make sure it's far away from electrical outlets and heaters.
If possible, keep them in different rooms. If they must be next to each other, use a barrier such as a sheet of plywood to create distance. Additionally, don't use extension cords with appliances that use water.
Teach Everyone About Heating Safety
If you have kids or frequently have guests, teach them about heating safety. Show them where the thermostat is and how to use it. Let them know what temperature is comfortable and safe. Also, teach them the dangers of touching heating elements or playing near space heaters.
Have an Emergency Plan
Develop an emergency plan in case of a fire or other hazard. Discuss it with everyone in your household so everyone knows what to do. Make sure everyone knows how to call 911. Have a meeting place outside in case you need to evacuate.
Practice your plan regularly for everyone to understand what to do in an emergency. Other than this, have the contact details of an emergency furnace repair service at hand to quickly get help if something goes wrong.
You’ll Keep Your Tiny House Safe
Following these tips keeps your tiny house safe and your family comfortable even in extreme weather conditions. You won't worry about carbon monoxide poisoning, electrical shocks, or fires. Stay warm and toasty all winter long without any safety concerns.