EAST CHATHAM — The first smell of wood smoke in the air reminds us that the heating season is upon us again.
We will be reminded to change the batteries in our smoke detectors and inspect our carbon monoxide detectors once again as we button up our homes in an effort to conserve every BTU.
Sealing up our windows and doors can have a deleterious effect however, as we limit our house’s ability to “breathe.”
If the efficiency of your furnace, possibly lying dormant in the cellar since May, is not at its peak, incomplete combustion of its fuel can raise carbon monoxide to dangerous levels, especially in a well sealed home.
So, our autumn checklist is as follows:
Test Smoke and CO2 alarms while replacing the batteries.
Make sure your furnace has had its yearly service.
The East Chatham Fire Company will serve a breakfast buffet at 8 a.m. Oct. 13 at the fire company, 14 Frisbee St., East Chatham.
The menu includes pancakes, blueberry pancakes, apple pancakes, fresh eggs, scrambled or in an omelet of your choice, French toast, sausage, bacon, corned beef hash, home fried potatoes, orange juice and of course coffee and tea.
The 100 percent Columbia County maple syrup is provided by Chris Wadsworth at New Britain Log and Lumber.
Adults, $10; children 5-12, $5; children under 5, free.