Watching out for fire hazards are something we need to be diligent about around our homes. Here are a few to pay special attention to during the fall months:
OUTDOORS Controlled Fires - When it's fall, we tend to spend some more time outdoors finishing up summer chores and prepping our yards for the winter by burning leaves in piles or maybe we just tend to have a lovely fire in a fire pit on a cool evening. It's important to take extra care when you actually do have a fire burning! Make sure that it's not too dry to burn leaves. You wouldn't want to cause a bigger fire and burn them in a barrel instead of just on the ground, so it can't spread. Use your fire pit as directed, or if you built it yourself, make sure it stays contained and with both fires, be sure they are OUT completely before you leave them unattended. Keep walkways around grill clear of tripping hazards to prevent accidents as well.
Grills and Flammable Liquids - Along the same line, be sure you clean and store your gas grills properly as well as the flammable tanks. Don't store the tanks in your garage and be sure the gas tank on your mower is empty before storing.
INDOORS Kitchen - Not only during the fall, but all year there are several areas inside our homes we need to pay attention to, the obvious one is the kitchen. Make sure you don't leave open burners unattended and keep away any flammable items from the stove area, such as combustible cans of cooking spray. Also, take extra care with kitchen towels or other fabric items when you are reaching to get a hot pan or lid. Not only can you burn yourself, but, if the item is near an open gas flame, you might catch it on fire!
Fireplace and Other Heaters - Make sure you have your chimney cleaned and checked yearly for any debris that might have fallen in there and when you burn a fire you have a watchful eye and nothing close by that could catch on fire by a stray ember. The same with space heaters. Follow the manufacturer's directions and use them sparingly. They can overheat and cause fires. Keep your furnace filters up to date to be sure your furnace works properly and you don't have any added dust to cause a fire. *Note: clothes dryers produce heat, make sure you keep the outside around it lint free and always clean your lint filter.
Other Fire Hazards - Of course if you see any weird electrical things going on in your home, it's good to have it checked out by a professional immediately. Faulty wiring can cause a fire hazard. One other obvious fired hazard is smoking. Leaving a cigarette unattended, dropping some hot ash on a flammable surface, or leaving your matches or lighter unattended can all be fire hazards in the wrong hands.
CHILDREN - Of course, if there are children in your home, you need to make sure they are taught to respect the areas outside and inside where there could be potential fire hazards. Don't let them play around a grill area outside or the stove inside, and teach them how to be safe around an open fire. Keep lighters and matches well out of their reach and let them know that even though a fire can be beautiful, it can be deadly and they need to follow the rules of fire safety at all times.
Just by being a little more diligent, you can make sure your family is protected from fall fire hazards or any fire hazards during the year.