The holidays are a joyous opportunity to decorate your home for the season, and host get-togethers for family and friends. The holiday season is also when 47,000 house fires occur on average, that result in hundreds of fatalities. Implementing the following tips to avoid holiday fire hazards can help you enjoy a safer home this year:
Maintain Your Smoke Detectors
You can lower your risk of becoming a fire statistic by having smoke detectors installed in the right locations on all levels of your home, including inside each bedroom, and by sleeping and living areas. Put fresh batteries in all your detectors every six months, and test each one monthly to make sure it’s working properly.
Install Fire Extinguishers
To be prepared to put out a fire, invest in fire extinguishers for each level of your home and place them where they’re easy to access if a fire occurs. A-B-C-rated extinguishers are a good choice, because they’re effective against the three most frequent causes of household fires: common combustibles like paper and wood, flammable gases/liquids and electrical sources.
Exercise Caution With Supplemental Heat Sources
If you have a space heater that’s used for supplemental heating, make sure it has an automatic shut off feature that works if the heater accidentally tips over. Always place the unit several feet from any combustibles, like long drapes, upholstered furniture, and your Christmas tree. If you plan to use your fireplace, check that the damper is open when lighting it, and use a firescreen in front so sparks can’t escape.
Take Precautions With Holiday Decorations
To reduce the chance of a fire starting, switch to low-heat emitting LED holiday lights, throw away any extensions cords that are damaged/frayed, and avoid overloading individual electrical outlets. Opt for an artificial tree that’s treated with fire retardant instead of a real cut tree that can dry out and pose a fire hazard. And, always unplug your lighted holiday decorations before you go to bed each night.
For more advice about preventing holiday fire hazards in your greater Cleveland-area home, contact us at Geisel Heating, Air Conditioning & Plumbing.
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