Even though the Halloween candy has been on sale since August, the cooler weather is finally here. I can’t speak for you, but fall is my favorite season of the year. Football. Food. Fleeces. Fireplaces. Friends. It doesn’t get much better than that.

While we’re putting the summer items away and pulling out our sweatshirts, it’s a good time to be sure we’re ready for the colder temperatures. Sinclair wants your fall season to be safe. Here’s some tips!

Change the batteries in your smoke detectors. – For those of us who live in areas where Daylight Savings Time is observed, when the time changes, change your batteries. That way, every fall and spring you’ll know your alarms are ready to go. Include your carbon monoxide detectors, too. Some alarms now combine smoke and CO2 detectors.

* While you’re thinking “fire prevention”, make sure your fire extinguishers are fully charged. And if you don’t have one for your home, get one! They aren’t that expensive and certainly cheaper than a fire.

If you have a chimney, get it swept by a professional. – Creosote is a gummy substance that is a natural by product of burning wood. Over time, it can accumulate inside your chimney. It’s crucial that this be removed to avoid a fire.

Be sure to have a screen on your fireplace. – The old line, “it only takes a spark to get a fire going” is a truth you don’t want to experience inside your home. One small spark or ember popped out on to your carpet can start a big blaze. Make sure you have a screen on your fireplace.

If you have a gas fireplace, have a professional inspect the lines for leaks. – If you have a tiny leak on an outside line, you’re literally letting your money disappear into thin air. If the leak is on the inside, it’s more dangerous. Remember to check the connections, too.

Use space heaters safely. – Space heaters are handy because they are portable. Yet be aware of where you place the heater. Be sure it’s away from curtains and furniture. Never use space heaters as a dryer by draping clothes over them. Be sure to turn them off when you leave the house.

* Finally, make sure your heating system is ready for fall and winter. Have professionals inspect your equipment. They may catch a small problem before it becomes a big one. And you’ll enter the cold weather season with peace of mind, knowing your system is as safe as it is warm.

Sinclair Plumbing and Heating are your local experts when it comes to your heating system. Call them today to schedule a “winterizing” appointment. They’ll inspect your system for safety and efficiency. 806-749-2665.

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