Home Safety.

Your Home Heating System

To keep your home heating system working the way it should this season there are actions that you as the owner can take, but there are things that need to be performed by a professional.


  • Examine the heating system occasionally for signs of deterioration, such as water stains, corrosion or leakage; in forced-air systems, clean the furnace air filters frequently – at least twice a heating season
  • Keep the area around the furnace free from dust, lint, rags, paint, drain cleaners and other materials or chemicals that could catch fire or explode if they become too hot
  • Make sure warm-air outlets and cold air outlets are not covered by carpets or blocked by debris
  • Make sure walls, other obstructions or new renovations do not block the heating system’s air supply

Call a Professional

  • Have your furnace, fireplace and any other fuel-burning appliance inspected annually by a TSSA registered contractor. To find a registered contractor near you visit cosafety.ca

Portable Space Heaters

Electric space heaters are a handy way to add a little extra warmth to one corner of your home without turning up the furnace. However, electric space heaters can be a hazard if used improperly. Never use fuel-burning portable space heaters (such as propane or kerosene) in any enclosed space, as it can lead to deadly carbon monoxide exposure.

Follow the manufacturer’s instructions and these
safety tips to stay safe and warm:

Improper use of space heaters is one of the leading causes of fires and carbon monoxide exposure in homes and cottages.

  • Never use space heaters to dry flammable items such as clothing or blankets
  • Keep all flammable objects at least one metre away from space heaters
  • If you use an extension cord, make sure it is the right size and gauge to carry the electrical load being drawn by the space heater
  • Never use an electrical space heater in a wet area or any area that can be exposed to water
  • Supervise children and pets at all times when a portable space heater is in use

Heating Your Pool

Before squeezing into those swim trunks, let’s heat things up – safely.

Pool owners frequently request landscapers and unregistered pool installation or maintenance contractors to light up their fuel-fired pool heaters, but did you know such an act is not only unsafe but illegal (under TSSA Fuel Safety regulations)?

Inadequately maintained heaters develop carbon build-up, create deadly carbon monoxide gas and, if exposed to an ignition source, can burst into flames, causing severe injury, property damage or even death.

Periodic inspections, especially at the start of the season, are important to keep your heater running safely and efficiently. And your heater can only be examined by someone qualified to do so. Only those professionals with the proper technical certification may install, service and/or relight a pilot light on your fuel-fired pool heater.

Warm up the pool safely this summer by using a registered contractor to ensure your equipment is adequately maintained and proper procedures are followed. To find a registered contractor visit COSafety.ca.

Each year, TSSA investigates pool heater fires as a result of improper handling and usage of fuel-fired equipment by unregistered professionals

Inspections, especially at the start of the season, are important to keep your pool heater running safely and efficiently.