Fall is a wonderful time of year with trees showing off their best colors while Halloween parties and harvest festivals add an air of celebration to the season. However, safety always is a concern.
Following these tips will help make the season a safe and enjoyable one.
• Keep space heaters away from curtains, other fabric furnishings and combustibles. Make certain the heaters are in well-ventilated areas and that cords are not frayed or damaged. Use only K-1 kerosene in a kerosene heater.
• Keep heaters on firm, stable surfaces where they will not be knocked over easily.
• Change furnace filters and keep boxes and debris away from the furnace and hot water heater.
• Do not leave the clothes dryer running when leaving the house or going to bed.
• Install smoke detectors and carbon monoxide detectors. Change batteries every six months.
• Keep candles on a flat, stable surface and away from curtains, fabrics or paper. Make certain to extinguish candles before leaving the house or going to bed.
• Consider using artificial, battery-operated candles instead of real candles.
• Keep fireplaces and chimneys clean. Always use a protective screen for your fireplace and outdoor fire pits.
• Never leave children unattended around candles, fireplaces, fire pits, heaters, washers and dryers or furnaces.
• Make certain all door locks can be unlocked from the inside without a key.
• Have a fire evacuation plan for your family and designate a safe place to meet after evacuating.
• Have gutters cleared of leaves and debris. Clogged gutters can result in damage to the roof and spillage that causes slippery pavement.
• Clear fallen leaves. Fallen leaves that become wet can cause severe slip-and-fall injuries and auto accidents.
• Make certain Halloween costumes are bright enough to be seen at night, allow for clear vision and do not have excess material that can be tripped over or get caught in doors.
Last modified: October 25, 2019