Fall is the perfect time to curl up in a cozy blanket next to a fireplace, but before you do, what steps can you take to keep your home safe this fall? Jeremy Electrical, Heating & Cooling in Kansas City offers a few preventative tips for you before you fire up the furnace and light a pumpkin spiced candle.
Careful with the Candles
Each year 10,000 fires begin in homes across America due to improper candle usage according to the National Candle Association. A study by the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission suggests that 85 percent of candle fires could be avoided if consumers followed three basic safety rules:
- Never leave a burning candle unattended.
- Never burn a candle on or near anything that might catch fire.
- Keep candles out of the reach of children and pets.
Get Your Furnace Inspected before It Gets Cold
A furnace inspection will catch any fire hazards like loose electrical wires or pilot light issues before they become dangerous. In addition to scheduling regular maintenance, remember to change the air filter and make sure no combustible materials are stored near the furnace.
If You Use Space Heaters or Fireplaces, Use Caution
Before flipping on the space heater, read the directions. Leave at least three feet of space around any space heaters and be sure to turn them off when the room is empty.
You should also get your chimney inspected before lighting a fire. Fireplaces should also not be left unattended. Be sure the fire is completely out before going to bed and consider a screen to keep any embers in the fireplace.
Check Smoke Alarms and Carbon Monoxide Detectors
Changing batteries on smoke detectors is recommended biannually with monthly tests. Daylight Savings Time is a great reminder to change your batteries! Carbon monoxide alarms should also be tested monthly and may need battery changes as well.