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photodune-1217135-yellow-autumn-leaf-in-fire-on-black-xsFall is a favorite season for a lot of people. With the beautiful colors, crisp mornings, smell of bonfire and taste of hot cocoa, this comes as no surprise. The colder weather and nonstop football games temp many of us to spend a little more time inside our homes; but before you curl up next to your fireplace take a look at the safety tips we’ve compiled just for you.

Is Your Furnace Serviced?

Call up your heating and cooling company before that chilly autumn weather sets in. You’ll want them to make sure your furnace is in working order and to ensure that there are no leaks before you use it.

Fireplace Safety

  • Fireplace screens are essential if you want to exercise caution properly. The screen can prevent any loose sparks from igniting nearby flammable objects.
  • Leaving a fire unattended is never an option, and extra focus should be placed on nearby young children and pets. 
  • Always make sure your fire is completely out before heading off to bed.

Candle Caution

Scented candles are practically trademarks of fall.  Scents such as apple cinnamon, pumpkin pie and vanilla sugar fill our homes and give us that perfect autumn feeling. Unfortunately, thousands of house fires are caused by negligence involving candles. It’s important that your candle isn’t near furniture or fabrics such as curtains. Keep it at a level that’s not reachable for small children and pets, and remember to always put it out before leaving the house.

Change your Batteries

When Daylight Saving’s rolls around be sure to put fresh batteries in all your smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors. It’s also a good idea to check the alarms to be sure they work properly after you put in new batteries. Check and replace any home fire extinguishers that have expired.

Space Heaters

Never use your stove or oven to heat your house; instead, invest in a space heater. It can be a simple and efficient way to heat a room without the use of fire. This does not mean it’s fool-proof however; be sure to read the instructions before use.  Always allow at least three feet of space around the heater, to avoid any potential fire hazards.

Bonus Tip - Make sure your insurance is ready for winter by reading:

Winter is Coming Winterize Your Home and Your Insurance Policies

 

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