October 11, 2022

Winter Fire Safety

With colder temperatures now upon us and the lovely smell of warm dust permeates the air as furnaces are being turned on for the first time, it is a good idea to change the filters in temperature control units.

October is also a busy month for the fire service as it is Fire Prevention Month. It is a reminder to change the batteries in smoke detectors, establish a “what if” plan, discuss and conduct fire drills, and conduct a quick home inspection to reduce and eliminate fire hazards in the home. The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) has comprised a home fire safety survey that can be referenced for a home self-inspection. This is the link: nfpafiresafetysurvey2009.ashx

The Inspection contains a brief waiver at the end. We are not looking to force this nor do we expect the waiver to be signed; however, we do recommend using the checklist while conducting a home safety survey. This can greatly help those interested in knowing what hazards to look for.

Check Chimneys and Vents: Fireplaces can produce creosote, which has the capability of igniting. It is important to always remember that when burning wood, use dry seasoned wood, which produces more flame and less smoke.

Have your Furnace Checked: Although this is something that many people believe they can do themselves, it is often safer to invest in hiring a professional to come and inspect your furnace annually. It is always better to know when something is not working properly than to have it abruptly break down during cold winter months when you need heat the most.

Smoke detectors should be tested monthly: as well as carbon monoxide detectors. If there are homes within the community that do not have a working smoke detector, please get one! Batteries in both notification devices should regularly be changed.