October is Fire Safety and Auto Care Month

Here are some items to check during the month


  • Replace smoke and carbon monoxide detector batteries.
  • Test detectors monthly.
  • Replace detectors that are 10 or more years old.
  • Discuss with your family fire safety, your emergency escape and meeting place plan.
  • You might even try a drill.
  • Have your home heating system tested for proper operation and CO2 (carbon monoxide) at safe levels.
  • Replace or clean (if cleanable) forced air furnace air filters.
  • Visually check fire extinguisher pressure. Replace unit if pressure is low.
  • Check the following website: firepreventionweek.org/

Auto safety checks

  • Ready your vehicle for winter.
  • Check all fluids, oil, coolant and windshield washer, replace as required.
  • Check tire pressure when tires are cold, Inflate tires to the recommended pressure.
  • Properly inflated tires will increase traction, fuel mileage, and will wear longer.
  • Replace windshield wiper blades.
  • Put a can of HEET in your fuel tank to remove water from the tank.
  • Purchase a good window scraper/brush.
  • Replace tires, belts and hoses as needed.
  • Get an engine tune up.
  • Check battery and clean terminals.
  • Pack an emergency safety kit for the trunk.
    Extra clothing, gloves, hat
    Jumper cables
    Snack food
    Small shovel
    Flashlight with new batteries
    Kitty litter or ice bite for emergency traction

Prepare yourself for winter driving

  • Start out a little earlier for your trip.
  • Slow down.
  • Leave extra space between you and the vehicle in front.
  • Stay calm, watch for ice and slippery conditions.

Remember daylight savings ends on the last Sunday of October.