Now that fall has officially begun, the Christopher-Kohl’s Fire Department reminds residents to have their stove and chimney checked and cleaned before use.
“Chimney fires can be prevented with a little maintenance,” said Chief Rob Jarvis with Christopher-Kohl’s fire. “Let’s have a safe fall and winter season.”
The focus of this year’s fire prevention week is kitchen fires. Jarvis said residents should not use their kitchen oven or burners to heat a house and don’t leave a pot or pan on the stove unattended.
Other tips include:
Chimneys need a spark arrestor before lighting a fire.
Have a professional check heating stoves’ firebox and components.
If using an electric heater, make sure the wiring is intact and the tip-over switch is working.
Check a furnace for cracks in the heat exchanger.
Check smoke and carbon monoxide alarms, replacing the batteries once a year or more.