As we approach Fall, it seems like everyone starts to get excited to make yummy meals and treats in the kitchen. Maybe it is just here in the Dallas area where we live, but as soon as we see our first day of temperatures below 97, it is pumpkin spice everything and social media feeds filled with soups/chilis/holiday meals. Something about this season seems to bring people inside, into their kitchens and sitting around their tables.
Here are a few things you can do regarding fire safety to help make sure your home is a safer place for your family and your guests this year.
- Make sure you have functional fire extinguishers. It is a good idea to have one near your kitchen and one in your garage.
- Test all smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors. These batteries should be replaced every year– this can also save you from the units letting you know this at 2 am when everyone is asleep! While you are at it, this is a great time to make sure they are all also free of dust. Also, keep in mind the typical life of smoke detectors is 7-10 years, so replace accordingly.
- Check to see if you have CSST (Corrugated Stainless Steel Tubing) in your home. CSST is a flexible stainless steel pipe which can be used to supply natural gas and propane in your home. If it is present, a licensed electrician can make sure it is properly grounded and bonded. You can also check out this site for additional information on this type of pipe.
- Clean your oven. Over time, lots of residue can build up in our ovens, which can cause fires in your oven. It is a good idea to start of the season with a clean slate (literally).
- Don’t leave burning candles unattended. We all know this one, but definitely a good reminder in the season that can get super busy.
- Always plug space heaters directly into the wall. Do not use extension cords, unless they are properly rated for the heater. They must always be at least three feet away from common combustibles (wood, rugs, clothing, etc) and on level ground.