Fall is a great time to remind homeowners about simple fire safety measures:
- Change the batteries in smoke detectors and carbon monoxide detectors.
- Check your dryer. Clean the lint trap and the dryer vent.
- Handle outside maintenance. Clean the gutters and the remove any debris.
- Clean the chimney.
Every community should evaluate fire risks while keeping in mind community rules and regulations. Consider the following:
- If use of fire pits or outdoor fires are regulated, reissue the rules and regulations regarding these items.
- Grilling remains popular during the winter months, so ensure that grills are kept at least 20′ from the home.
- Watch for invasive plants such as phragmites. These plants not only stop native plants from growing and stabilizing shorelines, but they are highly flammable, presenting a fire hazard.
Educating family on fire prevention is extremely important. Take the time to develop a plan during Fire Safety Month and be sure to include all family members. The Hartford provides activity sheets for kids that will help talk through fire hazards in a fun and educational way!