While this is a wonderful time of year, it can also be quite dangerous when it comes to indoor fires. This cold season, we are focused on your safety. Here are a few tips to keep in mind this holiday season:
- Before putting up any holiday lights, make sure to inspect each one thoroughly. If your lights are already up, inspect them upon removal. If you find any strands of lights with wires that are pinched or frayed, make sure to dispose of them safely.
- Make sure your fireplaces are well looked after. Leaving a fireplace to warm a room is fine if proper precautions are met. Make sure the fire is small and well managed, and make sure you keep the safety guard up (especially if you are leaving the room!).
- Candles can create a wonderful aesthetic this time of year. If you are using candles for decoration throughout the home, consider using electric battery-operated candles instead. Depending on which ones you choose to use, they can still look, feel, and smell like real candles, with a significantly reduced chance of causing a fire in the home.
- Make sure all real candles are in places where they cannot be knocked over easily, and are in stable holders. It is good practice to have the candle in a jar or a receptacle where the sides are taller than the flame. This can reduce the chance of something being ignited by the flame, and can keep the flame in a contained area if the candle is knocked over.
Here are some tips from FEMA on fire prevention in your home which you can use this holiday season:
Smart Smoke Alarms
In the world of electronics and smart phones and smart homes, there are now smart smoke alarms. The main reason for the decline in home fire deaths throughout the United States is mainly due to the widespread use of home smoke alarms. Now, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission and the U.S. Fire Administration are working together to make smoke alarms even better and safer by adding sensor that can indicate the difference between dangerous home fires and non-hazardous fire conditions. For more information (and if you’re feeling a bit “nerdy” when it comes to smoke alarms? Check out this full report)