When the weather starts changing it’s time to start thinking about how you’re going to decorate your home. Along with these considerations you need to keep track of fire safety when hanging lights and other potentially dangerous decorations. The following tips will help keep your home safe from fires around the holiday season.

Change Batteries in Smoke Detectors

Every fall you should go around in your home and check all your smoke/carbon monoxide detectors to make sure that the batteries are still working. You can do this by pressing the button on the alarms so you know that they are in working order. By changing all of the batteries and testing the alarms you ensure that they won’t run out of batteries in the case of a fire.

Check and Service Home Heating

All of your heating appliances should be checked and serviced to ensure proper functionality. If one piece of equipment malfunctions it could prove disastrous for your home. The last thing you want is a house fire when it’s starting to get cold outside. Make sure that whoever you hire to inspect your heating system is a licensed professional.

Practice Fire Evacuation

Make sure that your house has a fire evacuation plan and follows it in the case of a fire. If your home suddenly catches fire everyone needs to know what to do without thinking. Have a plan so that if this happens you aren’t caught unaware and trapped in your home. It always pays to plan so that you’re safe in the case of an emergency.