Fall is coming up, and summer is coming to a close. Since autumn is a colder season, naturally, people think about how to stay warm. That means more than wearing comfy sweaters. People warm up their homes with heaters and fireplaces. They also use the stove more instead of the grill to cook. Residential fires occur the most in the kitchen. So, be careful as you prepare that warm and hearty meal. If you want to keep your home from being a fire hazard, reach out to us. In the meantime, don’t fall victim to a fire outbreak by following these autumn fire safety tips.
Check on Your Furnace
Before September 22nd hits, call your heating and cooling company to service your furnace. A specialist will inspect your furnace and ensure that there are no leaks. They’ll also check that it’s working correctly. If not well-maintained, furnaces can be volatile and combust.
Be Careful With Space Heaters
A space heater can heat a room pretty efficiently. However, you should read the instructions before using one. Some space heaters require venting, so make sure that you vent it to the outdoors before use. If a space heater is going to be your heating method, give it a three-foot clearance. Also, we don’t recommend using your stove or oven to heat your home. One, stoves and ovens don’t heat larger spaces well. Two, and most importantly, this heating method could lead to carbon monoxide poisoning.
Handle Candles With Care
Homeowners love candles more so because of their pleasant smells instead of heating purposes. Candles have a way of giving a room a warmer ambiance. However, we recommend that you use them with caution. Handle candles with care by never leaving them unattended and not placing them anywhere where they could fall.
Switch Out Your Smoke Alarm Batteries
Whenever you turn back your clocks for Daylight Saving Time, you should also change the batteries in your smoke alarms. Don’t forget your carbon monoxide detectors, either! Then, test the alarms once you have new batteries in them. For business owners, make sure that your fire extinguishers have not expired.
Commercial and Residential Fire Prevention from Judd Fire Protection
If you want to ensure your home and business are safe throughout the year, trust Judd Fire Protection, LLC. We have over two decades of experience in designing, installing, inspecting, and repairing residential and commercial fire protection systems. We serve clients throughout Maryland, Pennsylvania, Washington, D.C., Virginia, and West Virginia. If you are interested in finding out more about our services and protecting your home and business, give us a call at 410-871-3480 or contact us online. For more fire safety tips, follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest.