Staying Safe & Warm This Winter
It’s no secret Minnesota winters can be downright brutal! With temperatures getting colder by the week, we want to give tenants a few reminders about how to make sure they are heating their unit safely and efficiently.
Boilers and furnaces have been turned on since early October, and are up and running at all properties. If you live in a single family home, it is your responsibility to turn the heat on, and to change the furnace filter on a regular basis. Doing so not only provides better air quality, but saves you money in the long run!
As tempting as it may be, we want to remind tenants NOT to turn on and leave their oven running for heat. Doing so is a huge fire and carbon monoxide poisoning hazard! If your heat is not working, submit a work order ASAP and call our emergency maintenance line.
If you are simply looking for alternative ways to stay warm, space heaters are an option, but must be used with caution. Space heaters that automatically shut off if they fall over are considered to be the safest models, but the following guidelines should also be followed when it comes to using them in your home:
-Space heaters should be placed on a level, hard, and nonflammable surface.
-Keep all potential sources of fuel like paper, clothing, bedding, curtains or rugs at least three feet away from space heaters, stoves, or fireplaces.
-Portable heaters and fireplaces should never be left unattended. Turn off space heaters and make sure any embers in the fireplace are extinguished before going to bed or leaving home.
-Keep children and pets away from space heaters.
Turning down your heat at night or while you are at work are also ways to save money on your energy bills this winter. However, NEVER turn your heat off, even if you are leaving your unit for an extended period of time. This can cause pipes to freeze, which can end up costing you a lot of money in the long run!