It's the Most Wonderful Time of the Year
The holiday season is often called "The Most Wonderful Time of the Year", but it is also a RISKY time of the year when it comes to fire. Here are some important tips that could help keep your family merry and safe!
Hire a professional to inspect your chimney or gas logs/fireplace. Tiny embers can breach cracks and start a fire. (This has happened the past few years in our city). Also, Carbon Monoxide from burning logs and propane or natural gas is a real risk. A professional can clean your gas fireplace and adjust setting to maximize performance and safety. Don’t forget to install a carbon monoxide alarm.
Give space heaters space by keeping a 3-foot radius around your heater, free of anything that could burn. Unplug heaters when not in use and NEVER run a heater all night long. Turn space heaters off when you leave the room or the house.
NEVER leave candles unattended. (Blow out before you go out.) Consider buying and using battery operated candles. Inspect holiday lights each year before you put them on your tree. Throw away light strands with frayed or pinched wires. Always unplug Christmas tree lights before going to bed or leaving your home. Water Christmas trees regularly. Keep all decorations away from anything that gets hot.
Cooking remains the #1 cause of fires in homes in our city. Stay in the kitchen and be alert and watchful when cooking. Cooking fires can MOST OFTEN BE PREVENTED. Pay attention while cooking.