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NEWS | Oct. 15, 2020

Fall Safety Tips

By Neysa Williams Joint Base Charleston Public Affairs

As the air turns cooler and leaves drop from the trees, it's important to keep a few important fall safety tips in mind. With proper precautions and safety awareness, your family can enjoy that crisp, autumn weather while avoiding some of the dangers that come with the season.

Service Your HVAC

Before the cold weather sets in, be sure to call your heating and cooling company to service your HVAC. This helps to ensure your system runs all year long without breaking down, enabling reliant service and efficiency.

Use Fireplaces Safely

Keep fires in their proper place by using a fireplace screen to mitigate sparks from flying out of the fireplace. Never leave a burning fire unattended and make sure the fire is completely out before going to bed.

Use Caution with Space Heaters

A space heater can be an effective way to warm up a chilly room, but it's essential that you read the instructions on the unit before you use it. If your space heater requires venting, make sure it has been properly ventilated. Never use your stove or oven to heat your home; only use space heaters that are approved for this purpose. Always allow at least three feet of space around heaters.

Reconsider Leaf Burning

According to the Environmental Protection Agency, burning leaves produce dangerous and cancer-causing chemicals. For this reason, homeowners should avoid disposing of leaves this way. If you decide to burn leaves, wear a protective mask. Burning leaves should only be attempted far away from a house or other structures. Always check the weather forecast before starting to burn leaves as this   activity should not be attempted in windy conditions.

Exercise Candle Caution

Candles are a great way to give a room that warm glow, but they can also cause fires. According to the National Candle Association, almost 10,000 house fires start with improper candle use. Never leave candles burning if you go out or go to sleep, and keep your candles away from pets and kids.

Change Smoke Alarm Batteries

Change the batteries in your smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors monthly. Also check the alarms when new batteries are installed. Check and replace any fire extinguishers that have expired.