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Fall Fire Safety 101: Preparing Your Home for Autumn

Autumn is a magical time of year. Between the cooler air and the stunning foliage, it’s hard not to get swept up in the excitement of the season. However, it’s important not to overlook the potential dangers that come along with it. With Halloween decorations adorning houses and the use of heating devices on the rise, it’s crucial to prioritize fire safety during this time. Don’t get distracted! Remember to take a few extra precautions to keep everyone safe. By staying vigilant and following a few fall fire safety tips, you can ensure a happy and healthy season for all.

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.
A woman practices good fall fire safety protocols by keeping a safe distance from her fire place while enjoying a glass of wine.
Fireplaces can be cozy, but they can also be dangerous.
  • 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. 
A man practices good fall fire safety protocols by keeping a safe distance from his fire pit while warming them at an outdoor fall gathering.
Practicing fall fire safety protocols can save your life!

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The days and weeks after a fire can leave you feeling helpless and overwhelmed. The destruction can be traumatic, and the unpleasant odors and damage left behind can make the situation even more discouraging. It’s important to remember that you don’t have to handle everything by yourself. At PuroClean Emergency Restoration Specialists, we specialize in fire damage restoration in Lakeland and surrounding areas. Our professionals support you every step of the way during this difficult time. As property restoration experts, we’ll eliminate soot or smoke damage promptly. Don’t hesitate to call us at (813) 703-8686, 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

Last edited on 12th of September 2023