As the weather starts to change, so should your fire safety considerations in your home. Preventing fires is important all year long, and focusing on the appropriate fire safety tips for the season can make your efforts more worthwhile. Here are a couple of things to keep in mind as the temperature gets cooler and the leaves start to fall.
- Candle Safety- You might be tempted to start bringing out your favorite fall scented candles soon. There’s just something about a beautiful, fragrant candle that feels comforting on a fall day. Candles come with their own safety considerations, however. Keep candles 12 inches away from anything that can burn and blow out candles when you are leaving the room. Never use a candle if there is oxygen being used in your home for medical purposes; electric candles are a safer option.
- Heating equipment- Make sure your heating equipment is in working order and has been inspected before you start to use it. Since this equipment has been out of use for the last several months, it’s important that you follow the appropriate steps to make sure the unit is clean and functioning properly. If you use space heaters, make sure that they are surrounded by three feet of empty space and that they are turned off when you leave the house or go to bed.
- Chimney inspection- if you have a useable fireplace, it’s essential to make sure that it is cleaned and inspected before you start using it to prevent built up creosote from starting a fire. Cozying up next to a beautiful fire might be a quintessential part of your fall, but make sure that you do so as safely as possible. Also, consider using a screen to prevent sparks from igniting a fire somewhere in your home.
- Smoke detector test- At the end of daylight savings time, you need to remember to change your clocks but also to test your smoke and carbon monoxide detectors and change their batteries. Be sure to check your fire extinguishers, too. This is also a good time to consider adding monitored smoke detectors to your Guardian home security system, allowing a notification to be sent to your smart device when the smoke detector goes off and to Guardian’s monitoring center who has the capability to notify fire personnel.
- Safe leaf removal- When leaves start to fall, make sure you take care of them. This means cleaning out your gutters and not leaving large piles of dried leaves around your home. It’s also important not to park over a pile of leaves as it can start a pretty serious fire. If you are going to burn your leaves, make sure you monitor the fire and that it’s far away from any buildings and trees. Burn leaves only if it is legal to do so where you live.
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