Autumn is the season for picturesque foliage and a crisp chill in the air. It’s easy to get swept up in the excitement of pumpkin patches and costume parties, but it’s important to remember fall fire safety during this time. Halloween decorations may add to the spooky festivities but can pose a serious fire hazard when misused. More of us use heating devices during the fall season, too, which calls for extra caution. Keep in mind a few essential safety tips, such as checking smoke detectors, never leaving candles unattended, and ensuring heating devices are properly maintained. By taking these extra steps, you can ensure a happy and healthy fall for everyone.
Fall Fire Safety Tips
- Change Smoke/Carbon Detector Batteries and Test the Alarms. Changing your smoke and carbon monoxide detector batteries is a big part of fall fire safety. This ensures the alarms don’t fail when you turn the heat on in your home. Don’t forget to test the smoke alarms after inserting the new batteries. Check that all fire extinguishers in your home are also in working order.
- ThoroughlyCheck and Service Your Heating Units:
- 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.
- If you use space heaters, keep at least three feet of space around them. Don’t place fabrics on space heaters to dry, as they are flammable and can spark a fire. Always turn the heaters off when going to bed.
- Prefer to rely on your fireplace instead? Hire a professional chimney sweep to inspect and clean your chimney before starting the season’s first fire. Keep flammable objects at least three feet away from the fireplace and place a mesh metal screen around it. If children and pets are in your household, ensure they don’t get too close to the fireplace.
- Halloween Safety. Can’t wait to decorate your home and plan scary costumes for Halloween? Remember that fall fire safety comes first. Arrange decorations away from open flames and other heat sources, and use battery-operated lights instead of candles in jack-o-lanterns. We strongly advise you not to use real candles to decorate your home and instead opt for flameless candles or other alternative light sources.
- Outdoor Fire Risks. As leaves and other flammable debris accumulate around your home, practice good fall fire safety action and make it a habit to remove them periodically. Prune trees and rake up leaves and twigs. Clear your roof, gutters, and downspouts of debris, and remove remaining fuel from lawnmowers before storing them for winter. Store excess gasoline in leak-proof containers and out of children’s reach, preferably in a detached garage or shed.
- Create a Fire Escape Plan. And be sure to review it often! Emergency preparedness is key. If a fire breaks out unexpectedly, you and members of your household will know what to do. Designate an escape route for each area of your home and establish a meeting place outside. When conducting a mock fire escape, practice exiting low to the ground to avoid smoke inhalation.
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A fire can turn your life upside down in a matter of minutes. The aftermath is never easy, and the damage can be extensive. From unpleasant smells to charred walls and soot-covered furniture, it’s a lot to handle. But you don’t have to go through it alone. At PuroClean Professional Restoration, we specialize in fire damage restoration in Everett. Our experts will restore your property, removing smoke and soot damage. We understand the emotional toll of the situation and will be there for you every step of the way. Don’t hesitate to call us anytime, day or night, at (425) 595-3443. We’re here to help.