Fall means cozy fires in the fireplace, but it also means an uptick in home fires. As hearth professionals, we at A to Z Chimney Services take it upon ourselves to educate our customers on fire safety. That’s why we’re taking the time to recognize National Fire Prevention Week, which runs Oct. 8 through 14 and aims to educate Americans on how to reduce the risk of home fires and on what to do in the event of a fire.
Fire Prevention Tips
There are quite a few things you can do in your home to lower your risk of a fire. They include:
• Have your chimney and fireplace cleaned and inspected at least once per year. A chimney sweeping ensures that your fireplace is free from flammable creosote or other debris, and in good repair.
• Creating a 3-foot safe zone around your fireplace and other heating appliances. Keep that zone clear of papers, décor and furnishings that could catch fire.
• Using a fireplace screen or fireplace doors. Keep embers and shifting logs from popping out of your fireplace by using a fireplace screen or ceramic fireplace doors.
• Monitoring fire hazards. Never allow candles, fireplaces, portable heaters or stoves to burn unattended.
• Cleaning your clothing dryer vents. Clothing dryer vents are another hidden fire hazard in your home. The lint that builds up can cause your dryer to overheat and ignite. Have your dryer vents professionally cleaned at least once per year to lower your risk.
• Educating children about fire safety. Curious children play with candles and matches or get too close to fireplaces. Make sure that you educate the children in your home about fire dangers, and keep all potential fire hazards well out of the reach of small children.
Fire Safety Tips
Even while exercising fire prevention, there still is the possibility that a fire will occur. Make sure you’re observing fire safety tips so you and your family are prepared in case a fire strikes:
• Equip your home with smoke detectors. You should have smoke detectors on every level of your home and in all sleeping areas. Make sure you check the batteries on your smoke detectors regularly to ensure they’re working.
• Keep a fire extinguisher on hand. You should have at least one fire extinguisher in your home. The fire extinguisher should be kept in an area that’s easily accessible.
• Have an emergency escape plan. You should have an emergency escape plan for your home that includes at least two exit strategies. Make sure that everyone in your home is aware of the escape plan and your meeting point in case of a fire.
At A to Z Chimney Services & Dryer Vent Cleaning, we take our role in our client’s fire prevention strategies seriously. Call to schedule your appointment — or to ask about reducing your home’s risk of a fire with chimney or dryer vent cleaning services — today!