The classic Alberta weather is keeping us all on our toes this fall season.
We have experienced snow and summer sunshine weather all in a matter of weeks, and while the future looks bright and warm, the winter weather will be coming for us at some point.
With that, checking furnaces, carbon monoxide detectors and smoke detectors are all a good idea.
"People should be checking their smoke detectors monthly, and having a fire safety plan so that everybody in the family knows the meeting place, get out of the house, two exits from every room. That kind of thing" explained Drumheller Fire Chief Bruce Wade. "We are coming across time change and it is a good idea to change the batteries in all smoke detectors, twice a year, on the time change. It is just a simple and easy way for people to remember."
He also reminds people to have a carbon monoxide (CO) detector in place to protect yourself from the odourless, tasteless and colourless gas.
"People should have a CO detector in their homes. They have new styles out now and some of them have a ten-year battery life. Again, they all should be checked monthly. Smoke detectors have a range, they expire every 10 years and CO detectors every 5 years" continued Wade.
The chilly nights also have some turning on their furnaces which also can cause harm by being a potential fire hazard.
"Get your furnace by a qualifies furnace technician. Certainly change filters monthly and make sure there is no accumulation of clothing around the furnace, and that it is free and clear," concluded Wade.
He went on to say that it is still very dry outside and that fires are only allowed in approved pits.