Fire Prevention Quick Tips
Service Your Furnace or HVAC
Before the cold autumn and winter weather sets in, be sure to call your heating and cooling company to service your furnace. A specialist should inspect the furnace to make sure everything is in working order and that there are no leaks.
Use Fireplaces Safely
Keep that fire in its proper place by using a fireplace screen to prevent sparks from flying out of the fireplace. Never leave a burning fire unattended, and make sure the fire is completely out before going to bed.
Reconsider Leaf and Debris Burning
The Air Defenders reports that burning leaves and debris produces dangerous and cancer-causing chemicals and urges homeowners to avoid disposing of debris this way. If you decide to burn, wear a protective mask. Burning should only be attempted far away from a house or other structures on a homeowner's property. Always check the weather forecast before starting to burn debris. This activity should NEVER be attempted in windy conditions.
Exercise Candle Caution
Candles are a great way to give a room that warm glow, but they can also cause fires. According to the National Candle Association,almost 10,000 home fires start
with improper candle use. Never leave candles burning if you go out or go to sleep, and keep your candles away from pets and kids.
Change Smoke Alarm Batteries
Change the batteries in your smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors regularly. Make sure to check the alarms with the new batteries installed. Check and replace any home fire extinguishers that have expired
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