4 Fall Safety Tips to Keep in Mind This Season

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As the cooler, crisp fall air moves in and the days slowly get shorter, you might be looking forward to curling up by the fireplace or lighting a few pumpkin-scented candles. But before you jump right into pumpkin season, take a look at these four fall safety tips to help keep your home and family safe.

1. Use Space Heaters Carefully

If there’s a spot in your home or office that gets a bit drafty in the cooler months, you might be thinking about getting a space heater. Just make sure to take some precautions like:

  • Placing space heaters away from flammable options such as curtains and furniture
  • Making sure your space heater is vented outdoors if it requires venting
  • Reading all warnings and instructions carefully before use

It’s also worth noting that you should never use a stove as a heating source for your home. Only use space heaters that have been tested and approved for this purpose.

2. Practice Good Fire Safety Habits

If you’ll be burning leaves this fall, practice good fire safety behaviors like:

  • Clearing a safe fire pit and surrounding area
  • Not burning hazardous materials such as aerosol cans, plastic, and tires.
  • Keep an eye on your fire at all times

3. Never Leave Candles Unattended

Cozy indoor flames are just as dangerous as outdoor fires if left unattended. Never build a fire in your fireplace or light a candle and then leave the house. If you have small children, take extra precautions not to place candles in places where they could easily fall or get knocked over.

An estimated one-third of candle fires start in the bedroom.

4. Test Smoke Detectors

It’s a good idea to test all the smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors in your home every several months, especially at the close of daylight savings time in late fall.

 

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