The unmistakable chill in the air is a sure sign that the seasons are changing. As temperatures dip, most of us will turn up the dial on the furnace for the first time this season.
Now is the time to make sure your furnace is in good working order; and that your chimney is clean and ready to go for the upcoming cold weather season.
October is National Fire Prevention Month, with the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA)—along with most fire departments—leading the month with Fire Prevention Week, which runs from October 7-13.
Area fire departments will be doing their part to lead the way with safety first through a number of fire prevention events including pancake breakfasts and open houses. Along with an opportunity to tour area fire halls, the events provide an opportunity for families to discuss fire prevention and a fire safety escape plan with the pros.
In the meantime, we encourage homeowners to install smoke alarms on every level of your home, inside bedrooms and outside sleeping areas, and to test those smoke alarms every month to make sure they're working properly.
Remember to keep space heaters at least three feet away from anything that can burn, and always closely supervise children and pets when the heater is turned on. Make sure you turn space heaters off when you leave the room. If using gasoline-powered devices, store gasoline in a locked location where children cannot access it. Keep only small quantities in an approved container that has child safety features.
Take time to talk with your family about a fire escape plan, and practice the plan before the snow flies. Should a fire occur in your home, get out and stay out and call for help.
Be sure to visit www.nfpa.org for tips and ideas for teaching fire safety to your children.
As the temperatures cool, we hope everyone stays safe while trying to keep warm! See you at the open houses!