Helpful Hints

Time to Check Your Smoke Detector Batteries

Did you remember to check your smoke detector batteries during Daylight Savings Time change? This is an excellent time to check your smoke detector batteries! It is also an excellent time to check the age of your detectors. Did you know that the life expectancy of most smoke detectors is 10 years? The National Fire Prevention Association recommends the following:

  • Install smoke alarms inside every bedroom, outside each sleeping area and on every level of the home, including the basement. Larger homes may need additional smoke alarms to provide enough protection.
  • For the best protection, interconnect all smoke alarms so when one sounds, they all sound.
  • An ionization smoke alarm is generally more responsive to smoldering fires. For the best protection, either types of alarms or a combination alarm (photoelectric and ionization) are recommended.
  • Install smoke alarms following manufacturer’s instructions high on a wall or ceiling.
  • Replace batteries in all smoke alarms at least once a year. If an alarm “chirps”, warning the battery is low, replace the battery right away.
  • Replace all smoke alarms whey they are 10 years old or sooner if they do not respond properly when tested.

“Candle with Care"

  • Blow out all candles when you leave the room or go to bed. Avoid the use of candles in the bedrooms and other areas where people may fall asleep.
  • Never leave a child alone in a room with a burning candle. Keep matches and lighters up high and out of children’s reach, in a locked cabinet.
  • Keep candles at least 12 inches away from anything that can burn.
  • Think about using flameless candles in your home. They look and smell like real candles.

If you do Burn Candles, make sure that you . . .

  • Use candle holders that are sturdy and won’t tip over easily.
  • Put candle holders on a sturdy, uncluttered surface.
  • Light candles carefully. Keep your hair and any loose clothing away from the flame.
  • Don’t burn a candle all the way down. Put it out before it gets too close to the holder or container.
  • Never use a candle if oxygen is used in the home.
  • Have flashlights and battery-powered lighting ready to use during a power outage. Never use candles.
  • On average, a candle fire in the home is reported to a U.S. Fire department every 40 minutes.
  • More than one-third of home candle fires are started in the bedroom.
  • More than half of all candle fires start when things that can burn are too close to the candle.
Candles may be pretty to look at, but they are a cause of home Fires and home fire deaths. Remember, a candle is an open flame, which means that it can easily ignite anything that can burn.

Dual venting wood burning appliances . . .

Did you know it is unsafe to vent a wood burning appliance AND a gas or fuel oil furnace in the same chimney flue? Gas, fuel oil and wood burn at different temperatures, pressures and emit different gases. The combination creates inadequate venting allowing carbon monoxide gas into the home that can cause serious illness or death. Dual venting also creates inadequate temperatures for wood burning allowing accelerated creosote buildup inside the chimney that causes uncontrolled fires. Protect your property AND your family from injury or death. If you have a dual vented chimney flue, please contact a heating professional today.