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We all know that autumn is a great time to cozy up by your fire pit or fireplace and enjoy the new season. But did you know it’s also a great time to give your home a fire safety inspection before hibernating for the winter? Here are some tips you can use to keep your loved ones protected and to keep fire in its place.
If you’re planning on roasting some marshmallows in your wood-burning fireplace this winter, you should definitely have your chimney and flume cleaned now. Creosote can build up on the walls of your chimney and can be a very serious fire hazard, so spend a little dough and hire a professional to ensure your place is spotless and safe.
Smoke Detectors: Batteries die and smoke detectors are hard to reach. Believe me, I get it. Choose a day when you just bite the bullet, drag out a ladder and replace them all. If you can handle all the excitement in one day – a lot of people choose to do this during daylight savings while they’re resetting their clocks as well. Replacing all of the batteries in all of the smoke detectors means your family is safe and you can feel completely satisfied with yourself. I’m proud of you.
Clean Behind Appliances: Is your refrigerator running? This might sound funny, but the dust and crumbs that collect behind your appliances can create a fire hazard. The coils and wires behind your fridge can be a great place for flammable debris to build up. Yes, it’s a pain in the neck, but pulling out and cleaning behind appliances is an excellent way to prevent fires.
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Dry Safely: Your dryer is another place where highly flammable lint and dust can collect and cause harm. Checking all aspects of your dryer once a year is an excellent way to prevent fire damage. Be sure to always empty the lint tray every time you do laundry. Also, it’s important to check your dryer hose and make sure it’s not blowing lint under the house.
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Change the HVAC air filters in your house and make sure you have working, easy-to-access fire extinguishers and your home is in great shape. Now you can rest easy knowing you’ve gone the extra mile. Hey, we can all see the benefits of a home security system, right? Well, knock out these few easy tasks and you’ve just installed a fire security system yourself. Go team!