As the temperatures begin to drop and the leaves start to change color, it is never too soon to start taking some preliminary action to prepare for the cold fall weather. Not only will you save money on your utility bills by doing this, but it will also ensure your safety and comfort during the cold weather. For some of the most useful fall fire safety tips for your home, read on!
Home Heating Systems
Your home’s heating systems should be professionally cleaned, inspected, and serviced at least once per year. Most companies will offer discounted rates for repairs and emergency calls if you sign up for a routine maintenance plan. You’ve got to make sure these systems are fully and safely functional going into the end of fall and winter seasons.
With higher heating costs for fuel oil and electricity, woodstoves are a popular alternative heat source. Woodstoves provide a safe source of heat if they are installed by a licensed and reputable contractor. A building permit is needed when installing a wood stove, and they must be installed in strict accordance with a manufacturer’s instructions. Chimneys should be cleaned at least once per year or whenever creosote builds up to 1/8”.
Do not assume smoke detectors are in working order simply by looking at them. They require a little bit of basic maintenance to make sure they’re operable. False alarms are typically caused by installing smoke detectors too close to the kitchen, bathroom, or heating vents. Try to relocate them if this is the case. Good maintenance practices include:
- Replace your battery once a year – this is mandatory
- Clean out any dust or cobwebs from around the cover to ensure good air flow into the unit
- Replace all units that are ten years or older
- Push the test button at least once a month to make sure it works correctly
Gasoline Powered Equipment
Flammable liquids shouldn’t be stored inside of your home or garage. In a shed, make sure containers have caps sealed tightly. This includes any unused fuel that is still in a fuel tank. This easy safety precaution will help prevent accidental fires from fuel vapors that might escape.
Fire Protection Services from Fireline
Whether you need smoke detectors, fire extinguishers, or an automatic sprinkler system installed at your commercial property, Fireline has you covered. We have been protecting people and property from fire damage since 1947—and our experience shows in our excellent work! We are known for our superb customer service, our expertise, and our reliability. For more information on how we can help your residential or commercial property, visit us online or give us a call at (800) 553-3405. We are located in Baltimore, MD, with a second office in Leesburg, VA. For more fire safety tips, be sure to follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn.