What Are Some Fall Season Safety Tips?

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Some fall season safety tips are servicing the furnace, using fireplaces safely, using caution with space heaters and changing smoke alarm batteries. Also, clean up any fallen leaves, and if driving, watch out for ice.

Before the fall weather sets in, call a heating and cooling company to service the furnace. A specialist can inspect the furnace for leaks and make sure that everything is in working order. When it comes to fireplaces, use a fireplace screen to keep sparks from flying out of it. Also, never leave a burning fire unattended and completely put the fire out before going to bed.

Space heaters, while an effective way to warm up a chilly room, require venting, so it is best to vent them to the outdoors. Read the instructions on the unit before operating it. Never use stoves or ovens to heat up the home. Also, change the batteries in smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors when the clocks are turned back for Daylight Savings Time.

Always clear driveways and walkways of fallen leaves. Wet leaves are not only a hazard for pedestrians in the fall but also later in the season when they mix with snow and increase the risk of falling even more.