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
  • 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 driveway for cracks. Clean out and repair any damage with driveway filler, then coat with a commercial sealer.

Chimney and Fireplace

  • Call a professional to inspect and clean your chimney. Fireplaces that are regularly used during the season should have an annual cleaning to prevent dangerous chimney fires.
  • Test your fireplace flue for a tight seal when closed.
  • Check fireplace damper.
  • Remove bird nests from chimney flues and outdoor electrical fixtures.


  • Replace batteries in your smoke and carbon monoxide detectors.
  • Check fire extinguishers and review fire escape plan with your family.
  • Clean dryer vents and exhaust vents.

Don’t have the time or you are unsure how to maintain and perform the proper repairs and/or maintenance? Call ANDY ONCALL®!

Energy Efficiency

The fall season is the start of cooler weather and one of the most beautiful times of the year. Here are a few tips to remember in order to keep your home energy efficient as you transition to cooler temps and fewer daylight hours.

  • Wrap your water heater with an insulated blanket to reduce heating loss and save money on your energy bill.
  • Check your water heater temperature. For energy efficiency and child safety, set it no higher than 120°F.
  • Install a programmable thermostat that allows you to pre-set the temperature for different times of the day and week. By setting the thermostat lower at night and during times when no one is home, you can conserve energy.
  • Close your fireplace damper when not in use.
  • Place a sheet of aluminum foil between the radiator and the wall to reflect heat back into the room.
  • Make sure your furniture is not blocking any heating vents or radiators.
  • Use indoor appliance timers to turn lamps on and off. This saves electricity while giving your home a “lived-in” look while you are out.
  • Use the self-cleaning cycle of your oven right after you finish baking. That will give it a head start in heating up.


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