5 of the Most Important Winter Fire Safety Tips You Need to Know
These are the days of the year when we expect temperatures to remain chilly if not freezing, and it’s common for use multiple heating sources to keep your house warm. Unfortunately, that means it’s also a time when there’s a greater risk of fire damage.
Too many homes suffer from fire damage that could have been prevented with just a little foresight and planning. In order to help you keep your family safe from fire during the cold weather days, here are 5 of the most important Winter Fire Safety Tips you should act on:
Check Your Smoke Alarms
Ideally, you would have checked your smoke alarm batteries when the clocks changed. But now is the season when it might actually make a difference, so make sure that your batteries are good for the Winter.
Also, there should be smoke alarms in every bedroom plus the kitchen and laundry room at bare minimum. Make sure you have enough smoke alarms strategically placed all around your home.
Inspect Your Chimney
If you use a fireplace, you should know that they can produce creosote, which is a flammable substance.
If your family likes to light fires in the fireplace, you should get an annual chimney inspection to ensure there are no fire hazards. And remember to use dry, seasoned wood.
Always Use a Screen for Your Fireplace
Whether you prefer a metal screen or a screen of tempered glass, you want to make sure to protect against any sparks that might otherwise stray from the fireplace.
Even with a screen in place, be sure to keep curious children and pets safely away from the fireplace. Also, any potentially flammable fabrics or materials should be kept at least three feet away from a lit fire.
Maintain Your Furnace
Typically, it’s a good idea to invest in an annual inspection from a professional. They can check your system for the signs of wear and tear or potential damage that could lead to furnace problems.
Use Candles and Space Heaters with Caution
Make sure they are placed securely where they won’t get knocked over, as well as safe out of the reach of young children and pets.
And don’t forget to blow them out when you leave the room!
Similarly, with space heaters, you want to make sure to keep sufficient clear space around them (typically at least 3 feet all the way around) to prevent a potential fire hazard. Make sure the fire heater you use has an automatic shut-off switch so that its internal mechanisms won’t overheat. Make sure to turn it off before you go to sleep or move to a different room.
Here at SERVPRO of Hackensack/Little Ferry, we have a strong track record of protecting the people and properties of this community from the trauma of fire damage. We’re known not only for our reliability and expertise as a professional restoration and cleaning services provider, but people love us for our friendly customer service too.