Seasonal Fire Safety Tips

Fall & Winter

  • Create and maintain a fire escape plan with your family.
  • Never park your vehicle over a pile of leaves. The heat from the exhaust system could ignite the leaves below resulting in a fire that can destroy your vehicle
  • Have your fireplace cleaned as usage of your fireplace builds up creosote which can block your chimney flow and as well ignite under temperature which can cause a chimney fire.
  • Do not place hot ash from your fireplace outside on your porch or deck. Place in a metal container and keep a safe distance from the home.
  • Have your heating appliances serviced. A lack of maintenance can result in failure of equipment
  • Check your smoke and carbon monoxide detectors. Change the batteries when you change your clocks back
  • Always keep a fire extinguisher readily available in your home.

Spring & Summer

  • Go over and practice your fire escape plan
  • Once again, check your smoke and carbon monoxide detectors and change the batteries when you change your clocks.
  • Clear all left over fall leaves from your pool heaters and central ac units.
  • Do not use extension cords for window unit air conditioners that are not rated for such use.
  • Clean out your barbecue and check all hoses, fittings and propane tanks.
  • Do not place barbecues close to structures. Keep a safe distance away.
  • Have all your gas powered lawn equipment serviced. When finished using your lawn mower or weed trimmer let them cool off before putting them away.

Further Information

If you have any questions or concerns with this list or any other fire related questions please do not hesitate to contact the Fire Department at 914-738-8825 which is our business line.

You can also visit the NFPA public education page to find safety sheets specific to each season and holidays.