Fall Fire Safety Season Is Here | SERVPRO® of Thomaston, Forsyth & Fort Valley
The fall officially begins on Sept. 22, and the promise of cooler weather is much-appreciated! Fall is a favorite season among many campers, trick-or-treaters and others who simply want to get outdoors.
But as with everything in life, fall comes with risk. So, it’s worth taking a few minutes now to brush up on common autumn fire safety hazards.
Going camping? Here are some basic safety tips that you need to keep in mind when you are ready to build a campfire.
Make sure that you build your campfire out and away from anything flammable, including trees with low-hanging limbs. As you are preparing to ignite the fire, never use an accelerant like kerosene or lighter fluid. It’s safer to stick with the basic match or lighter.
Before you go in for the evening, you must be sure your fire has been completely extinguished. You can do this by slowly pouring water on the fire, ensuring that you cover all the embers. This can help prevent it from reigniting.
As temps start to drop a little, portable space heaters can come in handy. But remember that these little heaters are one of the most common causes of home fires during the fall and winter seasons.
Keep your heater away from anything flammable and always keep it on a level surface. While most heaters today come with an automatic shut-off, it’s essential to do your part and make sure it stays away from anything or anyone that can accidentally knock it over.
Halloween isn’t that far away, and many people are putting their decor out!
While we will discuss this later in more detail, it’s important to remember that whatever décor you feel “possessed” to put out, it can all pose a potential fire risk. Stay alert and attentive as you celebrate each season.
If a fire hazard should turn from potential to reality in your home, remember the trusted leader in the recovery industry and contact SERVPRO to get your property fully restored right down to the smell of smoke.