Cooler Weather and Fire Safety Tips

It is early October and the weather is already turning cold. With cold weather, most people will be spending more time inside their homes using fireplaces, furnaces, and heaters to keep warm. Nothing is cozier than snuggling up to a warm fire. Keep in mind a few safety tips related to fire in or around your home.

Use Your Fireplace Safely: A fireplace screen will keep your fire from sending sparks flying out onto your floor, carpet, pets, or people. Never leave your fire unattended. And make sure the fire is completely out before you head off to bed. Make sure your flue is ready for another season of fires.

Service Your Furnace: While it’s only early October, the weather will be getting colder very soon. Now is the time to call your heating and cooling company to service your furnace. Have the specialist inspect the furnace and make sure everything is in working order and there are no leaks.SPACE HEATER

Using a Space Heater? Use Caution: Many people use space heaters to warm up chilly rooms. It’s extremely important that you read the instructions on the unit prior to using it the first time. Many space heaters require venting. If venting is required, be sure it’s vented to the outside. Please don’t use your stove or oven to heat your home! This can be extremely hazardous. Only use approved space heaters. And always allow at least three feet of empty area around your space heater.

Burning a Candle? Be Cautious: Candles are a wonderful way to give a room a warm glow and a seasonal smell. But as with any open flame, be cautious. Avoid drafts and vents. Be careful when moving a lit candle. If you are leaving your home or going to bed, put out your candle. Also, keep your pets and kids away from the open flame of a candle. Burn candles safely. Visit the National Candle Association for more details about candle safety.

Leaf Burning: Were you aware that burning leaves produces dangerous and cancer-causing chemicals? This is according to information from the Environmental Protection Agency. If you decide to burn leaves, wear a protective mask. Only burn far away from your house or other structures. Always check the weather forecast before starting to burn leaves to avoid windy conditions. And be aware of local burn bans and local government ordinances.

FIRE PITBackyard Recreational Fires: Fire pits and outdoor fireplaces have become popular over that last few years. While they provide a great source of warmth, recreation, and cooking, be aware of safety issues with the open fire. Only burn seasoned, dry wood, which burns hotter and cleaner. Never burn green wood, construction waste, plastic, garbage, or yard waste. These create more smoke and can be toxic. Never burn wood during air quality alert days or when air pollution is already higher. Take extra care on windy days. As with leaf burning, be aware of local burn bans and local government ordinances.