As we transition from summer into fall, it’s always a good idea to share out a little refresher on some must-know fall fire safety tips.
Some tips are universal no matter what time of year you happen to be in – but many concerns are, in fact, seasonal – particularly if you’re looking to keep your home warmer in the coming winter months.
Let’s jump right in!
Time change, battery change
The best time to change batteries in your smoke detectors and CO2 detectors is when you change your clock for daylight savings time. Do it in the fall, do it in the spring – and you should be fine. While you’re at it, you might want to check out any fire extinguishers in your house as well to make sure they’re in good, working order.
Be careful with your decorations
Fall means leaves, pumpkins, costumes, lights… all of it. Most of all, it means fun. But all fun should be safe fun – so make sure you are careful during the fall season. Don’t use candles in jack-o-lanterns. Flashlights are a safer bet. Make sure your child’s costumes are made with fire retardant materials. And before Christmas begins to creep up – be sure to check your lights.
Checking the fireplace
Everyone loves to nestle up next to a cozy fire in the fall – especially as it begins to get colder. But before you do make sure you do your due diligence. Get your chimney inspected to make sure it’s safe and doesn’t have any detritus in it. But be sure to do this later on in the season, once the leaves have made their final descent. If you’ve got a natural gas fireplace, be sure to get your lines and connections inspected before you use it.
And don’t forget – outdoor fire pits/fireplaces are JUST as dangerous as indoor units. Be sure you’re taking the same precautions.
Cranking up the heat
No matter how you heat your home in the colder months, the fall is the best time to do a running checkup to make sure everything is in good, working order. Most heating equipment lays dormant for the summer months and without being used regularly – can often experience malfunctions. That’s why its important to get everything checked, inspected and cleaned.
Do you have any tips you’d like to share? Let us know in the comments section below!