Fall Fire Prevention: An Inside Look at Keeping Your Home Safe

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

Fire Prevention in your HomePhoto: HGTV.com, by Ray Kachatorian

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!

Comments (5)

  1. joyfulj9 says:

    This is a great link from Blog Cabin. Instead of being that lucky someone who is preparing to secure flood insurance, etc for their new Blog Cabin, it gives the rest of us some prep work to do in our own homes while we await the celebratory announcement news. :)

  2. Serf says:

    We bought a home, in part because of the huge fireplace. Come to find out, the firebox is too big for the flue, so the smoke just pours inside- at least a few thousand to fix. We were told we needed to build up the firebox byy at least 6 inches all around with brick to make it smaller, because adding a flue was very costly. Anyone ever had this problem? What was your solution?

  3. StormyWV says:

    Thanks Laurie for drawing attention to a very important subject. We lost our home to a fire 6 years ago. Our fire could not have been prevented by us because it started in the meter which is locked shut. But many home fire can be prevented. Also to all reading make sure you insurance is up to date. And you have enough to cover what you may owe on your home and what belongings you have inside it. Along with coverage that can help you rebuild. We made that mistake. So we ended up paying out of pocket for what we owed on the home we lost plus the rebuild of our new home. Lesson Learned the hard way. Do not make our mistake.

    • Laurie_March says:

      Oh my goodness, StormyWV! I'm so sorry to hear of your loss. Fires are so catastrophic… everything can go in a blink. Yes, you bring up a very good point – insurance coverage that actually covers what you have.

      I've done many a home inventory for clients, that is also very effective in proving what belongings, appliances, clothing, and furniture you have. We also shoot all of the home's surfaces, countertops, floors, moldings, even windows and outdoor areas – so you can prove what quality of materials you had and be reimbursed appropriately.

      That must have been heart wrenching…

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