Fire Safety Tips for Fall
Did you know that fall carries the highest risk for house fires? According to the American Red Cross, statistically most house fires happen in the fall and winter months.
Luckily there are steps you can take to lower your risk of a fire starting in your home.
1. Check the batteries in your home’s smoke detectors.
Working smoke detectors help keep your home and family safe. Experts recommend having a smoke detector in every bedroom.
If you have issues remembering when you need to change your smoke detector batteries, a good rule of thumb is to switch them every spring and fall when you change your clocks.
2. Bonfire Safety
Do you enjoy bonfires with family and friends?
Bonfires are one of the most popular American fall activities. But if they aren’t properly attended, they can turn a fun night out into a disaster.
Supervising a bonfire safely really comes down to keeping an eye on the fire. Don’t leave a fire burning by itself in your yard. If you’re done for the night, be sure to put out your bonfire so it doesn’t cause any unintended damage.
3. Fireplace Safety
Before you light your first fire this fall, have a professional check out your chimney and fireplace to be sure it’s safe.
You don’t want to light a fireplace if the chimney is clogged or damaged. Having a professional check the condition of your fireplace, and other heating units (like your furnace) can also help prevent fires caused by maintenance problems.
We’re Here if You Need Us
If an accident happens at your home this fall and you need help restoring fire or smoke damage, give SERVPRO of Hattiesburg a call at 601-544-0512 or 228-467-4450