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.