As the “colder” Texas months approach (and I use that term loosely) it’s important that we stay warm. The blazing hot summer has passed, so our air conditioning units now have a much needed reprieve from the overtime they have had to work and we begin to enjoy our cooling weather, pumpkin spices and changing leaves, or rather falling leaves since there isn’t much color in this area. However, seeing that winter is the leading time of year for house fires, let’s tend to a few small details before we kick back and enjoy the changing weather.
Fireplaces add a mystique and ambience to a room that is hard to compete with. I personally enjoy mine on a regular basis during the colder months of our Texas year. There are 3 golden rules for safely using your fireplace during the winter months.
- Do not go to bed with a fire (or candle) still burning
- Do not leave a fire unattended
- Use a fireplace screen to keep sparks from jumping out.
Space heaters are a very effective way to warm a chilly room. Just be sure to read the instructions before using and operating one. Also, be sure to allow 3’ of open space for the heater and if the space heater requires venting, have it venting to the outdoors. Remember, never use the stove or oven in place of a space heater.
If you can avoid burning your leaves then it is always best to do so, as this releases chemicals dangerous for inhalation. But if you must burn your leaves, wear a protective mask, be as far away from your house and any other structure as possible and always check the weather forecast to ensure a safe burning first.
Lastly just to wrap up the loose ends, it’s a good idea to change the batteries in your smoke detectors every year as you wind your clocks back for daylight savings making sure that any and all home fire extinguishers are unexpired.
Should you have any questions about your home insurance and what is covered in case of some sort of accidental damage resulting from the above, please call Paula Smith Insurance at (281) 488-8880, your League City insurance agent for a thorough review of your homeowners or rental insurance policy.