- Fall weather tips
Sponsored by City of Austin Planning/Zoning Department and Austin Public Library.
Inspect smoke & carbon monoxide detectors
Test detectors monthly. Replace batteries at least once a year.
Homeowners in the city of Austin and the townships of Austin and Lansing are eligible for a free smoke/CO alarm. Contact the fire department to have one installed. The Red Cross may be able to assist those outside of the AFD service area.
Place a smoke alarm in each bedroom, outside sleeping areas and on each level of the home. CO detectors should be placed within 10 feet of sleeping areas.
Smoke alarms should be replaced every 10 years. Stand alone CO detector have a life span of 5-7 years.
Check fire extinguishers
Check extinguisher for visible signs of damage or missing pieces, which may mean it's time for replacement. Extinguishers should be replaced every 10-12 years and may need to be recharged after 6 year.
Check dryer vent cap, vent line & exhaust pipe
Check dryer vent cap, exhaust pipe on the back of the dryer and the vent line for buildup of lint and other debris hindering the air flow. This is a potential fire risk.
Seal cracks in foundations, walkways and driveways
Foundation cracks may allow water inside your basement. Cracks that allow in water will freeze and expand, without seeling cracks will only get worse.