It is starting to feel like fall, so it’s time for some fall and winter home fire safety and fall weather driving tips.
Fire Safety Tips:
- Service your furnace before the cold weather sets in.
- Have your chimney inspected before you use your fireplace.
- Use a fireplace screen to keep sparks from flying out of the fireplace. Don’t leave a burning fire unattended and make sure the fire is completely out before going to bed.
- Never use your stove or oven to heat your home.
- Read the instructions before using a space heater. Always allow at least three feet of empty space around your space heater.
- Never leave candles burning if you go out or go to sleep. Keep candles away from children and pets. Do not burn candles if oxygen is used in your home.
- Change smoke alarm and carbon monoxide alarm batteries.
- Practice your family fire escape plan.
Fall Driving Safety Tips:
- Falling leafs can leave roads slick, so slow down on slick or wet pavement.
- Sunrise occurring later in the morning can make it difficult to see because of glare and bright sun. Have a pair of sunglasses handy.
- Children are back in school, so stay vigilant as a driver.
- Practice safety as it gets dark earlier.
- Make sure your tires have sufficient tread.
- Be aware of deer and other animals on the road. According to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, you are 3.5 times more likely to hit an animal—especially a deer—in November.