What to Do for a Heating System Emergency
The best way to handle home heating system emergencies is to prevent them with proper seasonal maintenance. However, we know that even the best laid plans can go awry. Accidents happen.
Still, the best way to handle home heating system emergencies is to prepare—know what to do in the event of emergency.
Common Home Heating Crises
Although having your home heating system just stop working may seem like an emergency, really there are worse things that can happen than be cold. Real emergencies include:
- Carbon monoxide leaks
- Natural gas leaks
We’ve said it before, yet it bears repeating: routine seasonal maintenance from R & R Heating & Air can help you avoid these emergencies. But if they happen…
Get to Safety
The primary objective if you experience a home heating emergency is to get you and your family to safety. In the event of any type of gas leak or fire, “safety” means out of your home.
Establish—and practice—a fire escape plan and meeting place for your family. If possible, create a store of extra clothes, warm blankets, food and water in that meeting spot (maybe a neighbor’s home, local church or community center).
In the event of a natural gas leak, it is important not to use any electronic devices or any items that create a spark or flame (e.g. matches, cigarette lighter).
Call for Help
As soon as you know a life-threatening emergency exists and you are safe, call for help. But who do you call?
- For fire: call 911
- For gas leaks: call New Mexico Gas Company (888.NM-GAS-CO/888.664.2726)
- For carbon monoxide leaks: call R & R Heating & Air (505. 944.7266) for 24/7 emergency service