Guest Post: Fall Fire Safety Tips

Tuesday, September 25, 2012

I'd like to pass along some good advice from a guest poster this afternoon about safety in the home this autumn.



Fall Fire Safety Tips

Fall is a beautiful time of year. The leaves begin to cover the ground, the landscape starts to gleam with the rich colors of the autumn foliage and the heat of summer slowly fades away. However, the risk of house fires also increases this time of year. In the interest of keeping your home safe, consider the following safety tips during the fall and winter seasons:


  • If you have a fireplace, make sure you are familiar with how the flue works. Also, make sure to have a licensed chimney sweep remove soot to reduce the threat of a chimney fire.
  • Make sure you have smoke alarms installed throughout your home. Also, check your detectors at least once per month to ensure that they are working properly. If you don’t already have a home security system, consider investing in one. You can protect your home at a reasonable price with an ADT monitored system from Select Home Security.
  • Stash a fire extinguisher in an accessible location. Ideally, you should have a fire extinguisher on every floor of your home, especially in the kitchen and close to the fireplace.
  • Keep any space heaters a minimum of three feet away from anything flammable, including walls, furniture, blankets, curtains and paper products.
  • Never leave burning candles unattended, especially around pets and young children. You should also keep candles away from holiday decorations, even if they are fire resistant.
  • Don’t leave any food unattended on the stovetop while you’re cooking.
  • Clean out any buildup of debris in your gutters and on your roof.
  • It’s also important to plan for the worst. Your family is the most valuable treasure of all, so make sure each member of your household knows how to react in the event of a fire. Teach everyone multiple escape routes and review fire safety tips annually at the beginning of fall.

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