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Fall Fire Safety
Fall can be a great time of year in the Houston area. Most of the heat of summer is gone, and the cooler air reminds us of the upcoming holidays, from Halloween and Thanksgiving through to Christmas and New Year’s. While you are preparing for chilly weather and fun family get-togethers, it is a good time to think about fall fire safety. Whether you are planning to start up the heating system, or you are setting up Halloween decorations, safety should always be a top priority. Here are a few fall safety tips that can help:
- Change smoke detector batteries – It is a good idea to change the batteries in smoke and carbon monoxide detector batteries twice a year. Fall and spring are great times to do this, coordinated with the beginning and end of daylight saving time to make it easier to remember.
- Check fire extinguishers – Fires are more likely to happen when the heating system, space heaters, fireplace, or holiday lights are being used, so it is good practice to check your fire extinguishers during the fall. If they show little or no charge, or you are unsure, have them professionally inspected.
- Service your HVAC system – After sitting unused for most of the year, heating equipment like furnaces, radiant heaters, or fireplaces may have problems that could cause a breakdown during the winter, or a fire in extreme cases. Have your heating equipment professionally serviced, which should include inspections of the flue or chimney.
- Be wary of space heaters – Portable space heaters can be dangerous when used inappropriately. Inspect the electrical cord of the space heater for damage, make sure it is plugged into an outlet that can handle the current, keep the area around it free of flammable materials, and avoid use around young children or while you are sleeping. If you can, upgrade your heating system to avoid the need for space heaters.
- Inspect holiday lights – When decorating for Halloween or Christmas, inspect your holiday lights for frayed cords, bare wires, broken bulbs or any other problems that pose a fire risk, and replace any light sets are damaged. Consider upgrading to LED lighting, which can help to reduce your electricity costs while also minimizing current draw.
- Be safe with decorations – Use LED lights or flashlights in jack-o’-lanterns instead of candles to reduce fire risk, and keep flammable decorating materials like hay, corn stalks, or synthetic spiderwebs away from ignition sources.
- Avoid or minimize candle use – Candles can add great ambience to a room, but they require extreme care during use. Keep them out of reach of children and pets, away from flammable materials, and never use them while sleeping.
- Update your emergency plan – Create an emergency plan that details escape routes, what to do in an emergency, and where to meet. Practice it with family members, especially children, and keep it updated. Make sure everyone knows how to use a fire extinguisher, how to avoid smoke inhalation, and how to extinguish clothing with the “stop, drop, and roll” technique.
- Invest in a monitoring system – Consider installing a security and fire alarm system that is remotely monitored, so that the authorities can be alerted automatically during an emergency.
Fire Safety Services in Houston, TX
At Kauffman Co., we can help to keep your family safe with a wide range of fire protection products and services in the Houston area, from fire alarm installation and monitoring to fire extinguisher services.
Call us today at (713) 893-1090 or contact us online to learn more!
We provide estimates for new and replacement fire protection systems throughout Texas (TX) in:
- Deer Park
- Galena Park
- Jacinto City
- La Marque
- La Porte
- Lake Charles, LA
- Lake Jackson
- League City
- Missouri City
- Port Arthur
- San Antonio
- South Houston
- Sugar Land
- Texas City
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For more information, contact us online or call us now at (713) 893-1090.
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