Fire Safety Tips for Fall

When the weather turns cold most people spend more time inside their homes using fireplaces, furnaces and heaters to keep warm.

  • Have chimneys cleaned and furnaces inspected.
  • Use a fireplace screen to keep sparks from flying out of the fireplace.
  • Allow at least three feet of empty area around space heaters.
  • Never leave a burning fire unattended.
  • Make sure a fire in a fireplace is completely out before going to bed.
  • Never leave candles burning if you go out or go to sleep.
  • Never use your stove or oven to heat your home.

 

Fall Season Safety Tips for Home Maintenance

Fall is the time for yard clean-ups and readying your house for the cold winter ahead.

  • Change the batteries in your smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors when you turn back your clocks for Daylight Saving Time.
  • Make sure to check the alarms with the new batteries installed.
  • Use extra caution when climbing ladders for fall jobs such as cleaning gutters or hanging holiday decorations. Shoes or boots may be wet causing you to slip as you climb the ladder.
  • Keep Your driveway and walkway clear of falling leaves. They get very slippery when they are wet.
  • Check and replace any home fire extinguishes that have expired.
  • Always wear work gloves when doing outside yard work.

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