Winter is known for the festive holidays, keeping warm with fireplaces or space heaters putting you and your family at risk for house fires. At ServiceMaster DCS, we want to make sure that your family stay safe over the holidays. Make use of these tips to properly avoid the most common winter fire risks while you enjoy family time at home.
FireplacesWarming up by a fireplace on a freezing winter night is cozy, but not taking the right steps when lighting a fire can be very dangerous. To limit the risk of fire and smoke damage follow these tips:
- Check the damper is in the open position before lighting the fireplace.
- Keep the damper open until all ashes are completely cooled.
- Make sure the screen is always closed while the fireplace is on.
- Before going to bed or leaving your home always put the fire out first.
- Keep flammable objects away from the fireplace.
CandlesThe lovely aromas and the charming glow of candles are popular over the holidays. Unfortunately, candle fires count rise over the holidays, especially around New Year’s Eve, and New Year’s Day holidays. During this time, up to 45 candle fires are reported each day. Any open flame, no matter how small, is not something to take lightly. When lighting candles during the holiday, follow the following safety tips:
- Keep candles minimum 2 feet away from any flammable objects.
- Do not to use candles in bedrooms, where you may forget to blow out before you fall asleep.
- Do not leave lit candles in a room with small children or pets alone.
- Always blow out the candles every time you leave a room.
Space HeatersSpace heaters are usually the solution to heat a poorly heated or drafty room. But, when improperly used, they can also cause destructive and deadly house fires. According to the National Fire Protection Association, heating equipment is the leading cause of fires. When you have to use a space heater this winter, make sure to keep your family and your home safe by following these tips:
- Keep the space heater at least four feet away from flammable objects .
- When leaving the room or before sleeping turn off the space heater.
- Have your heating equipment properly maintained and cleaned by before each winter season.
- When using a gas heaters, make sure your carbon monoxide alarms batteries are new to avoid the risk of CO poisoning.
Basic Home Fire Safety MeasuresAs well as using space heaters, candles, and fireplaces in a safe way, there are some general fire safety measures you can take to limit risk of holiday fires. Use these additional home fire safety tips year-round:
- Check that you have a smoke detector on every level of your home.
- Test your smoke detectors every month and replace batteries as needed.
- Create a family emergency evacuation plan.
- Practice the evacuation plan at least twice a year.