October is Fire Prevention Month. As we say goodbye to summer and hello to cooler temperatures, we have to turn on or light up a heat source. It is important to remember that many heating systems require regular service. While the heating systems today are much safer than in the past, there are still fire hazards and other risks that come with being warm in the winter months.The Center for Disease Control recommends you have your heating system serviced annually by a qualified technician. Have someone qualified check out your system and perform whatever tasks necessary to guarantee safety in your home.
This is also a good time to review your smoke detectors. Virginia Code for a residential dwelling requires smoke detectors to be on the ceiling or wall outside of each separate sleeping area in the immediate vicinity of bedrooms, in addition to one in each bedroom. Plus there should be one on each story within a dwelling unit, including basements. Daylight savings time is a perfect time to change your smoke detector batteries. The next one is November 1st 2015. Change your clock, Change your batteries.
Most house fires are kitchen or cooking related. In order to reduce your risk on kitchen fires, you may want to consider installing a Stove Top Firestop. This item attaches to a range hood over a stove and only triggers with the presence of flame. Fire causes the Firestop to release and act as an automatic fire suppressant.
According to recent data, almost two-thirds of residential fire casualties occurred in homes without properly functioning smoke alarms. Any smoke alarm that is 10 years old or older should be replaced regardless of type. If you moved into a pre-owned home and do not know the age of the existing smoke alarm, you should replace them immediately.
If you do have issues with smoke, soot, or fire damage, you can call Peerless Carpet Care and Restoration Services for 24 hour emergency service.