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Fire Safety Tips Just In Time For the Colder Weather in Dutchess County

10/5/2020 (Permalink)

An image of a space heater running on a hardwood floor. Be fire safe as the colder months start heading our way. You can never know too much fire prevention!

Though it’s not bitter cold yet, the summer days have drawn to a close and we have all begun preparing our homes and outdoor spaces for fall, it is important that we consider how to update our fire safety efforts to complement the season. Many fire safety tips will be the same as the ones you are aware of throughout the year, but as it gets chillier, there are other considerations as well. 

Statistically, fires tend to happen more when the weather turns cooler, often due to the use of heating appliances and extra usage of candles. Fortunately, there are plenty of tips to help you stay safe from these risks.

~~Fall Fire Safety Tips for Your Household~~

Stay Safe When Using Space Heaters

When it turns chilly, many of us will reach for the space heaters before turning our central system on. While space heaters can be used safely, they are a leading cause of household fires because of how often they are used improperly. Be sure to keep a three-foot buffer around heaters that is free of flammable objects, and always unplug them if you are not in the room. Keep paperwork, decorations, blankets and pillows far away from the. Also make sure they’re placed on a level surface, just a small bump can cause a big problem. 

Be On Alert When Using Candles

Candles are delicious smelling, cozy and add to wonderful décor in your home, but they can also be dangerous. They do still contain an open flame—meaning they do present a level of risk. It is best to never leave candles unattended when lit and to extinguish them before leaving the room. Also be certain that there are no flammable items near a candle that could potentially catch fire if the flame burns too high. Foliage, décor, and any unsecured things that could end up near the flame are huge hazards that should be considered immediately when placing candles in your home.

Keep Your Fireplace Functional

If you have a fireplace, make sure you get it inspected before ever lighting a fire in it. There are many issues that can develop with chimneys that can cause smoke or fire hazards inside the home. Always use a fireplace grate to avoid any accidents and never leave a fire burning unattended.

If you have had damage in your home or business due to a fire, we are here to help you. You can get in touch with us 24/7, we’re always here to help. Contact us today.

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