Fall Fire Safety

As summer draws to an end and the weather starts to get a little cooler, it’s a good idea to refresh your home and ensure it is Fall Fire safe.

Here are a few Fall Fire Safety tips before experiencing the first cold snap of the season:

Check Smoke Detectors & Fire Extinguishers

  • Change batteries in smoke detectors and carbon monoxide detectors.
  • Check that all smoke detectors are in working order every month and there are enough.
  • Verify that all fire extinguishers are fully charged and in working order.
  • 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, ensure your heating devices and/or systems are in good working order.

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.

Halloween Safety Tips

  • Use flashlights instead of candles in Halloween jack-o-lanterns.
  • Make sure that children’s costumes are made with fire retardant materials.

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.

Kitchen Fire Safety

  • Don’t leave cooking food unattended on the stove.
  • Keep everything that might be flammable away from your stove.

Outdoor Fire Safety

  • Clear your roof and gutters of unnecessary buildup of debris, such as pine needles and leaves.
  • Learn the outdoor burning regulations in your area, and do not engage in illegal burning of leaves and other outdoor debris.