by Keppie Keplinger, Public Information Officer, Port Ludlow Fire & Rescue
The changing of the seasons seems to catch many of us by surprise—especially after the summer weather we have had this year. With that change comes a list of tasks we all need to perform to keep us safe through fall and winter months.
One of the first things on your list should be to change the batteries in your smoke alarms. If you’re not comfortable climbing a ladder to do that, please contact Port Ludlow Fire & Rescue at 360|||437|||2236 to schedule an appointment to have those who regularly climb ladders—our firefighters—change the batteries for you.
Speaking of batteries, make sure you have a good supply of flashlight and portable radio batteries on hand in case the power goes out during a storm. This is also a good time to check your emergency food pantry to make sure you have food that is easy to fix on a camp stove outside on your deck if the power goes out during a storm. Also check the ‘best if used by’ dates on the cans and packages of the items in your emergency pantry.
Be sure to clean your fireplace and make arrangements to get your chimney inspected and cleaned before you start burning fires. Two local companies available to assist with chimney inspections are Fire Pro Chimney Sweeping and Inspection in Port Townsend, 360|||452|||1153, and Olympic Chimney Sweeping & Repair in Sequim, 360|||912|||2849.
Another good habit to add to your autumn tasks—keep the gas tank in your vehicle full, especially as stormy weather begins to increase in our area. Remember: When the power goes out in our homes, it also affects places like grocery stores and gas stations.
If you have any questions about the services Port Ludlow Fire & Rescue provides, visit our website at plfr.org or call the business office at 360|||437|||2236.