Thursday, March 3, 2022

3 Fire Safety Tips for Your Home This Winter

 As the weather cools down, most people start spending more time indoors. However, winter is also the time when home fires most often ignite according to the Red Cross. Fortunately, there are some ways you can protect your home and family this winter. 

1. Test Fire Extinguishers

In the case of a fire, your fire extinguisher is the first line of defense in your home. Now is a great time to check your fire extinguisher and ensure it is in proper working order. If you are unsure how to do this on your own, there are plenty of companies that provide fire extinguisher inspection Brooklyn

2. Clean Air Vents

Spending more time indoors means you may get less fresh air throughout the day. With your windows shut tight against the cold, the air inside your home can get stale. An easy way to improve the air quality in your home is to keep your furnace vents clean. You can remove the vent covers and manually clean them, or hire a professional to get all of the dust out.

Additionally, a simple way to prevent home fires is by cleaning your dryer vents. This can be a DIY project but should be done twice a year. Don't forget to clean out your lint trap after every cycle to prevent excess lint buildup. 

3. Maintain Your Heat Source 

Whether you have a cozy fireplace or a natural gas-fueled central air system, it is important to schedule regular maintenance for your home's heat source. A properly running furnace not only heats your home more efficiently but also lowers the risk of fire. According to the Red Cross, you should get your chimney professionally inspected and cleaned yearly. Other home heating systems should also be checked regularly to catch any potential issues early.