Fall is here again!

Fall Fire Safety Tips As summer turns to fall, it’s a good idea to refresh your memory on fall fire safety tips. Some safety tips are the same regardless of the time of year, but many safety concerns are seasonal, particularly those that involve keeping your home warm. General Safety: Change the batteries in your smoke detectors and carbon monoxide detectors every fall and spring when changing the clocks for Daylight Savings Time. Also, verify that all fire extinguishers are fully charged and in working order when you adjust the clocks each season. Home Heating: Verify that everything you need to keep your home warm throughout fall and winter is in good working order before you experience the first cold snap of the season. Making sure your heating devices and/or systems are in good working order is an important part of learning some fall fire safety tips. Many things can go wrong with heating equipment during the spring and summer months. Family Fire Safety: Teach your kids how to respond in the event of a fire. Make sure young children know how to dial 911. Establish and practice a fire escape plan with your family that includes a designated meeting area outside the home. Practice stop, drop and roll with your children so they learn how to escape beneath a fire. Teach everyone in your family multiple ways to escape from every room in the event of a fire. Make sure everyone in your family knows how to use a fire extinguisher. There is nothing more important than the safety of your family. Everyone in your home needs to know how to behave responsibly to reduce the likelihood of experiencing a fire. However, because fires can start at any time without warning, it is also very important that the members of your household know how to react in the event of a fire. It’s a good idea to review fire prevention and safety tips with your family every fall, and several other times throughout the year. Andy’s Helpful Tips! Fall Home Maintenance Reminders: Porch and Deck Check the supports, stairs, and railings on porches and decks. Make sure the handrails can support someone slipping on snow or ice. Exterior Maintenance Check foundation for cracks and caulk around the areas where masonry meets siding, where pipes or wires enter the house, and around the windows and door frames to prevent heat from escaping. Inspect your...

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