Fall Fire Safety
Autumn is the favorite time of year for many people- the temperatures are cooler, the scenery is beautiful and colorful, and there are plenty of events and activities to keep us all busy. But, there are also some unique fire hazards, and it is to your advantage to plan to ensure your fall season is safe and fire-free.
Keep these tips in mind:
- Be careful where you put your fall decorations; many are highly flammable so don't place them near open flames or heat sources
- Don't block escape routes with decorations
- Teach children to stay away from open flames avoid billowing fabric when choosing Halloween costumes
- Try to use a flashlight or battery-operated candle in jack-o-lanterns
- Use extreme caution if using a real candle.
- Be aware of the dangers of an excess of carbon monoxide.
CO poisoning can occur from faulty furnaces or other heating appliances, portable generators, water heaters, clothes dryers, or idling cars left in enclosed spaces. Be sure that you have fuel-burning appliances inspected yearly, that your fireplace and fuel-burning equipment is properly vented, and only use BBQ grills outside.