Autumn Safety Tips for Your Home
- by: 24Hr Lockouts
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The leaves will soon transform in fiery hues, and crisp weather is on the way. 24Hr Lockouts wants you to be safe at all times, so we have compiled some safety tips to implement prior to going out for a walk, taking a leisurely drive to view the stunning scenery, or cozying up indoors by the fireplace. Autumn is a lovely season all across America, but the cooler season brings its own potential for danger. Here are some autumn safety tips for your home, family, car, and pets to remain safe.
Have Your Locks Professionally Assessed
Prior to the inclement weather of winter, contact a professional locksmith to have your home and auto locks assessed. Ensure that they are in good working condition, or if not, have them replaced or rekeyed.
Fire Safety Tips for Autumn
Colder weather means using the fireplace, furnace, or heater to stay warm. Now is the time to address any potential safety hazards. Keep these tips in mind.
Service the Furnace
Prior to the colder weather, contact your heating and cooling company to tune-up the furnace. A specialist should inspect the furnace to ensure it is in good working order with no leaks. If you wait until freezing weather sets in, you may have to wait for a service technician, as many people will turn on their heaters for the first time only to discover a malfunction.
Use the Fireplace Safely
Keep the fire secure by using an appropriate fireplace screen to capture the sparks from flying out of the fireplace. Do not leave a burning fire unattended, and make sure it is completely out prior to heading off to bed.
Use Caution with Space Heaters
A space heater can save money by heating only one room, but you should follow the manufacturer’s instructions carefully. If the space heater need venting, ensure that it is vented to the outdoors. Never use your oven or stove to heat the home, and ensure that you have at least three feet of free space around the space heater.
Compost Instead of Burning Leaves
Burning leaves can produce cancer-causing chemicals, or the fire can become uncontrolled and threaten your home. Either put the leaves in the dumpster or consider the environmentally-friendly option of composting them to nourish your landscaping.
Be Careful with Candles
They are lovely and produce a warm glow, but they can also start a house fire. According to the National Candle Association, nearly 10,000 homes go up in smoke due to improper use of candles. Keep them away from children and pets.
Change the Smoke Alarm Batteries
When you turn back the clock from Daylight Savings Time, use it as a reminder to change the batteries on the smoke detectors. Check and replace the home fire extinguishers as well.
The holidays will soon be upon us, and 24HR Lockouts wants you to enjoy them safely. Keep a link to our website on your smartphone to be doubly safe in case of a lockout of your home or car.