Wednesday, November 22, 2017

Fall Back and Get Your Home Winter Ready

It’s time to fall back this Sunday, November 5, and turn your clocks back one hour just before going to bed.

It’s also the perfect time to check and change the batteries in your smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors. Fire Chief Mike Starr says, “It’s a simple habit that can save lives.” Residents can also make use of the extra hour they gain during Daylight Saving Time by checking their home fireplaces and chimneys. It’s a good idea to do it now before temperatures drop too low.

The National Fire Protection Association recommends that chimneys be swept at least once a year at the beginning of the winter to remove soot and debris. In addition to cleaning, a chimney sweep should inspect the chimney structure for cracks, loose bricks, or missing mortar. Chimney liners should also be checked for cracking or deterioration.

Fire Marshal Kelly Clements says, “About one-third of all home fires across the country caused by heating equipment are contributed to chimneys and fireplaces, and about 40 percent are due to space heaters.” Clements adds, “An ounce of prevention can go a long way toward keeping your family and home safe this Holiday season.”

Here are some additional safety tips from the Southlake Fire Department to help reduce fire danger in your home.

  • Never burn charcoal or use a hibachi in your fireplace. Both produce deadly carbon monoxide.
  • Protect against sparks by enclosing a fireplace’s opening with glass doors or a sturdy screen.
  • Never use lighter fluid or other flammable liquids to start a fire.
  • Burn only dry seasoned wood.
  • Have your fireplace inspected annually.
  • Keep flammables such as newspapers, magazines, rugs and carpeting away from fireplace.
  • Never leave a fire unattended.
  • Extinguish each fire before going to bed.

If you have any questions or need further assistance please contact the Southlake Fire Department at (817) 748-8106.

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