Fall Safety Tips for Home & Family

Ask 10-20 local friends and family members what they consider to be their favorite Connecticut season, and we’re betting the majority response will be “fall”.  It’s that time of year when the air feels the cleanest and freshest, warm enough to continue outdoor activities, and but cool enough – especially at night – to stoke up the fireplace.

Fall also has its own share of inherent pitfalls, a few of which we present here to help you keep your home and family safe.  

Furnace Cleaning & Inspection

Annual heating system service delivers several key benefits, and all for one very affordable price: improved system performance, longer system lifespan, cleaner air, lower utility costs, and added safety. The latter stems from checking your system’s flue and heat exchanger for possible CO or fuel leaks, and electrical connections to help guard against an electrical fire.

Fireplace Safely

If you use your fireplace or wood stove frequently, you should have it and its chimney every year to get rid of lingering ashes and creosote, and wood-burning byproduct. Creosote is combustible and could a house fire. It’s also unhealthy to inhale.

Use Space Heaters with Caution

Don’t assume that all space heaters are alike because they’re not. Some, for example, need to be vented outside. And yet, no matter which type you use, turn it off when you’re not in the room as it heats people, not spaces. Also, keep anything combustible away from it like bedding, window treatments, clothes, and such.

Take Care with Candles

Candles are a great way to add a warm glow to a room, but they’re also responsible for nearly 10,000 home fires per year. Never leave candles burning when you leave a room for more than a minute or two, put them before going to bed, and keep your pets and children away from them when lit.

Change Smoke Alarm Batteries

A good way to remember to change the batteries in your smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors is to do so every year when you turn back your clocks for Daylight Saving Time. Make sure to check the alarms once you’ve installed the batteries, too.

For your added protection and safety, Now Security Systems recommends installing hard-wired smoke and CO detectors that we can then monitor from our own dedicated facility, 24/7. Each one has a battery back-up and, when one goes off, they all do so all family members are alerted at once.

It’s just one of the many home security services we offer. Contact us today to learn more or for a free, no-obligation quote.