Fall Fire Safety Tips

It seems we went from summer to late fall in the blink of an eye.  It is a good idea for everyone in your home to refresh their memories on fall fire safety tips.

Check Smoke Detectors, Carbon Monoxide Detectors & Fire Extinguishers

  • Change batteries in smoke detectors and carbon monoxide detectors = November 2, 2019 = Daylight Savings Time ends
  • Verify each month that smoke detectors are in working order
  • Verify that all fire extinguishers are fully charged and in working order
  • Make sure that there is a sufficient quantity of smoke detectors in your home
  • Make sure everyone in your family knows how to use a fire extinguisher

Make Sure All Heating Sources Work Properly

  • No matter what type of device you use to heat your home, making sure your heating devices and/or systems are in good working order.
  • HVAC SYSTEM: It is best to have your HVAC system inspected, cleaned, and serviced by a certified HVAC contractor. Check and replace furnace filters with high-efficiency particulate air (HEPA) filters.
  • FIREPLACE: If you’ve got a fireplace, hire a professional chimney sweep to inspect and clean your chimney. Keep flammable objects at least three feet away from the fireplace and install a mesh metal screen around it.

Space Heater Safety Tips

  • Make sure that any space heaters are surrounded by at least three feet of empty space
  • Never place clothing or any other objects on a space heater to dry
  • Do not place space heaters near furniture or drapery
  • Turn space heaters off when you leave the house or go to bed
  • Avoid storing any combustible items near heaters

Family Fire Safety Tips

  • Teach your kids how to respond in the event of a fire
  • Make sure young children know how to dial 911
  • Establish and practice a fire escape plan with your family that includes a designated meeting area outside the home
  • Practice stop, drop and roll with your children so they learn how to escape beneath a fire
  • Teach everyone in your family multiple ways to escape from every room in the event of a fire
  • Do not place lit candles where they can be reached by children
  • Never leave burning candles unattended
  • Do not leave candles burning when you go to sleep
  • Make sure all flammable substances are properly stored in safe containers and out of reach of children

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