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Posted by: Chris Laney on October 4, 2019
The calendar has officially turned from summer to fall, and now is the perfect time to go through your home's fire escape plan and review fall fire prevention safety tips. As the leaves start to fall and the weather begins to cool down, we begin to turn to thoughts of cozy nights by the fireplace, or, if we don't want to give up summer, exactly how long we can wait before we freeze to death before turning on the heat.
Fact is, fall is here, and with it comes a few seasonal fire prevention tips to keep in mind.
When daylight savings time hits, it is always a good rule of thumb to replace the batteries in smoke detectors and carbon monoxide alarms. When checking the detectors, don't forget to test them to make sure the alarms are still functioning properly – you don't want fresh batteries if the alarm won't sound in case of a fire.
Also take this time to check the fire extinguishers inside the home. Make sure they're in good working order and that everyone in the house knows where to find them and how to operate them.
When you're ready to turn on the furnace, check these areas before you crank up the heat.
Space heaters make up more than half percent of house fires in the United States alone. If you must use a space heater take extreme precautions and follow these rules:
Fireplaces offer a different set of rules when you're ready to use them for the fall. Just like your central heating system, you want to have your fireplace inspected by a professional chimney sweep before the first use. A mesh screen should always protect the fire – keeping objects from accidentally finding their way into the flames. The mesh will also keep sparks inside the fireplace where they belong.
Like space heaters, keep all flammable objects at least three feet away from fireplaces and never leave a fire unattended.
Just because the nights are cooler, doesn't mean outdoor celebrations stop! In fact, fall brings about new things to think about in terms of outdoor fire safety.
If you find yourself in a situation where a fire has occurred, the professionals at Water Out are standing by to help. Preparing your home is the biggest step in fire prevention and safety, but accidents can still happen, and our crew is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week to respond to any fire damage emergencies that occur to homes in the Fort Wayne area.
Our goal is to get you and your family back to your home as quickly as possible – with as little disruption to your life. Visit our website for more information, but more importantly, contact us when the emergency strikes – we're ready to help.
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