National Preparedness Month: Fire Prevention for the Fall Season
Fall is just around the corner. Trees will soon begin their transformation of creating vibrant foliage over a short period for all to admire before the temperature dwindles, and blustery winds leave the trees bare.
Suddenly there are several formations of leaves scattered across your yard, needing appropriate disposal. You want to take extra precautionary measures from any dried leaves turning into instant fire starters.
Leaves alone will not cause a fire. It is essential to pay attention to how you throw out things like woodstove ashes. You should also be very cautious of any mulch on your property. Smoking materials could accidentally be discarded into the combustible material and easily ignite a fire putting your residence in jeopardy.
As leaves and other flammable debris build up around your home, make it a routine to remove them periodically. Prune trees, rake up leaves and twigs. Don't store fuel in your home or garage. Keep your roof, gutters, and downspouts clear of debris. Another thing to consider is removing fuel from lawnmowers before storing them for winter. It would be one less-flammable object on your premise to worry over.
Some homeowners grill year-around. The Fall weather tends to generate above average wind forces making grilling outdoors more of a risk for an incidental fire breaking out. Keeping the grill at a safe distance from your house, a shed or gazebo could prevent an unnecessary fire disaster.
The following grill equipment should be maintained appropriately to avoid becoming a flammable hazard:
- Check grill hoses for cracks, holes, and durability.
- Check for blockages especially in the tube that runs to the burners.
- Check for leaks by running a solution of one-part liquid soap, one-part water along with hoses and on connections. Open the valve at your tank and check to make sure that gas isn't escaping, which will be indicated by bubbles at the leaking points.
- Adjust hoses away from hot areas or where grease might drip on them.
- Cover your grill when cooled and not in use to help protect its parts from inclement weather, falling leaves, and insect activity.
- Store propane tanks outside keep away from your house. Always check to make sure valves are firmly turned off.
If you are considering decorating your home for Halloween, remember that safety comes first. Keep decorations away from open flames and other heat sources and use battery-operated lights instead of candles in jack-o-lanterns.
SERVPRO of East Brown County knows how flames quickly move and cause a significant amount of damage in a very limited time frame. That’s why our team is prepared to with our trained technicians to cleanup of fire, smoke and soot damage.
We offer specialized technicians in the following areas:
- Fire & Smoke Restoration
- Odor Control
- Upholstery & Fabric Cleaning
If a fire devastates your home and are needing immediate assistance, give SERVPRO of East Brown County a call at – (920) 499-7050