Fall and Fire Risk: What You Should Know | SERVPRO® of Pueblo
While we still have a ways to go, the evenings are starting to bring about the crisp fall air. Fall is a favorite, especially in our neck of the woods. Hiking, camping and other outdoor activities become much more enjoyable.
Like any other season, though, fall brings dangers or hazards that we need a gentle reminder about. So, as you put on your warm slippers at the end of the day, take a quick glance at these seasonal safety tips.
Campfires can be the perfect ambiance to any activity, but it’s essential to know where and how to build it, as well as how to put it out. When you are prepping to start a campfire, you should be sure to use dry leaves, twigs or branches.
When you are ready to start the fire, it’s best to use a match or lighter, and never use an accelerant like kerosene or lighter fluid. A good thing to remember is to keep a safe distance between your campfire and anything else that can easily catch fire.
And last but not least, before heading in for the night, make certain that you have extinguished your fire completely before leaving the fire. You can always (slowly) douse your fire with water to ensure that the embers are completely drenched.
As we know, here in Pueblo it can easily go from crisp air to quite chilly. This is when a space heater can become quite handy.
Portable space heaters, while handy, are also one of the most frequent causes of home fires. Anytime you use a space heater, it’s imperative that you keep it up and away from anything flammable.
Nowadays, many space heaters come with an automatic shutoff capability, which ensures that if your space heater overheats or falls over it will automatically shut off. This reduces the risk of fire tremendously. While this feature can be very helpful, it’s also smart to make sure you keep the space heater up and away from kids or high traffic areas.
While it’s still a few weeks away, we all know that a lot of us look forward to decorating our homes or porches for the fall season.
We’ll go into depth about specific holidays later, but be aware that all decor and costumes can cause a serious fire hazard. It’s important to stay aware and attentive to things in and around your home.
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.