While the colder months should be a celebratory
time, full of decadent food and loved ones, it is also the time of year that
sees the highest number of house fires. It is important to follow these
necessary precautions in your home to keep everyone safe.
- Carefully inspect any heating source used in your home before use. Different types of sources require different levels of maintenance, so be aware of what needs to be done.
- Keep the stove and oven clear of any loose items and clutter to prevent any accidental flame.
- Be sure to regularly check any cords in use for damage or wear, and immediately replace ones with these signs.
- Stay in the kitchen while using the stovetop. No hot surface should ever be left unattended, even for a short amount of time.
- Make sure to check your dryer regularly for signs of issues, and ensure that the lint trap is emptied after every load.
- Store flammable products/items in the proper manner. Even a lot of regular items can be dangerous, such as hairspray or shaving cream, and should be kept in a cool, dark place, away from heat and sunlight.
Along with these steps, it is important to have
updated fire extinguishers that you know how to use, and to regularly test your
fire alarms. With this in mind, you can easily avoid facing fire damage and
keep this holiday season great.