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November also brings us into the Holiday Season with Thanksgiving and all associated events and family dinners.
Working Smoke/CO Alarms
November is also the month that Daylight Saving Time comes to an end and we change our clocks back one hour. This is also the time of year we remind everyone that when we change our clocks - change the batteries in smoke/CO alarms. So this month rather than just test your battery we ask you to change the battery in your alarms and than test it to make sure it is working. If you find that your alarm is 10 years old or simply has stopped working, we ask you to replace the worn out 9-volt battery alarm with a brand new 10-year, tamper proof with hush feature alarm. Never change a battery again with these new alarms, however, you will still need to test it monthly.
November is the time of year your family needs to practice your home escape plan which identifies two ways out of every room in your house and a safe meeting place outside. Let the entire family hear what your smoke alarm sounds like and start your escape plan.
This time of year it is particularly important because colder weather means that everyone will be trying to stay warm and bring out out the space heaters, cranking up furnaces and using fireplaces. It is no secret that there are many more home fires in the winter than the summer. Protect yourself, your family and your firefighters by ensuring you have a working smoke and CO alarm.
Electric Space Heaters
• Buy only heaters evaluated by a nationally recognized laboratory, such as Underwriters Laboratories (UL).
• Check to make sure it has a thermostat control mechanism, and will switch off automatically if the heater falls over.
• Heaters are not dryers or tables; don't dry clothes or store objects on top of your heater.
• Space heaters need space; keep combustibles at least three feet away from each heater.
• Always unplug your electric space heater when not in use.
** Turn off at night or whenever you sleep.
General Heating Tips
• Furnaces, fireplaces and chimneys should be cleaned and checked each year by an appropriate professional prior to using.
• Only use seasoned wood in fireplaces and never use ignitable liquids to start a fire.
• The 3-foot rule also applies to furnaces and fireplaces. No combustibles items within 3 feet of these heating appliances.
• Dispose of fireplace ash into a metal container and store outdoors away from structures on a concrete surface. Fireplace ash can ignite a fire days after they have been discarded.
Cooking - a lot of cooking will be occurring around the Thanksgiving Holiday.
If your Thanksgiving plans include a Turkey Fryer, this is a another whole story by itself.
While these safety and cooking tips may not make Thanksgiving dinner taste any better--they will help to avoid potential disaster;