Stay Warm, Cozy, and Safe This Fall

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Fireplace

Cool-weather means that we will be turning on the heat to keep warm and cozy. During this time of the year, there are more house fires. Here are a few tips to keep you and your family safe.

  • Change the batteries in your smoke detectors and carbon monoxide detectors. A good time to do this is when you change your clocks for Daylight Savings Time.
  • Make sure your fire extinguishers are charged completely and are working.
  • If you heat your home with gas, have carbon monoxide detectors installed in your home.
  • Have your central heating system cleaned, inspected, and serviced by a certified heating, venting and air conditioning, (HVAC) contractor.

If you use space heaters follow these simple rules:

  • Do not store combustible items near the heater.
  • Turn heaters off when you go to bed.
  • Do not place heaters near clothing, furniture or curtains.
  • Leave at least 3 feet of empty space surrounding the heater.

We all love the glow of a warm fireplace, follow these tips to keep safe and warm:

  • Keep combustibles at least 3 feet away from the fireplace.
  • Never use gasoline to start a fire.
  • Hire a chimney sweep to clean out your chimney every fall.
  • Repair any cracks that may be in your fireplace.
  • Use fireplace screens to contain sparks and fire debris.
  • Get lines and connections inspected before using a natural gas fireplace.