33rd annual Heat’s On event

Madison Area Mechanical & Sheet Metal Contractors Association (MSC) and Steamfitters Local 601 hosted the 33rd annual Heat’s On event on Saturday, Oct. 23. Over 40 area steamfitters volunteered a day of labor to inspect and service heating systems in 40 qualified veterans’ homes throughout Dane County. Trucks and equipment used for the day were donated by local union heating contractors, and replacement parts were donated by area suppliers. Veterans signed up for their free furnace checks through the Dane County Veteran Services Office and the Veterans Hospital.

Heat’s On has been serving Dane County residents since 1987, and has performed maintenance services on over 2,500 furnaces. The purpose of Heat’s On is to reduce the occurrence of veterans going without heat or facing other life-threatening emergencies associated with home heating systems.

Two years ago, Heat’s On fixed a furnace for a veteran who survived the polar vortex without heat in his home. Three years ago, among the many veterans that the program serviced, Heat’s On assisted with a furnace of a family with three generations of veterans. In 2017, the program replaced the furnace of a World War II veteran who had been taken to the hospital twice with carbon monoxide poisoning. The leak in the furnace that was causing the poisoning was discovered and fixed by Heat’s On.

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