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Colder weather should mean fewer fires, but this is not the case. Fires tend to happen more frequently during the winter months. Fires can happen for a lot of different reasons, but many can be avoided. While some fires happen from faulty wiring or appliances, other fires are from our careless mistakes. Below, Disaster Cleanup Services will list a few ways you can prevent fires this holiday season and keep your home nice and safe.
Check your Fire Safety Plan
Having a fire safety plan is always a good idea. It is also a great idea to look it over and practice it with your family. Checking your fire alarms, carbon monoxide detectors, and fire extinguishers should also be completed. It is important everyone knows what to do in the event of a fire.
Be Aware of Your Kitchen
Cooking is one of the primary causes of fires in homes around the United States. People begin cooking and become distracted. While we have all become distracted at one time or another, it is important to stay focused while cooking. If you have family or friends over, try to keep on task and chat with them after the food has been prepared. This simple change can ensure your home remains fire-free.
Check all Holiday Lighting
Holiday lighting causes many fires each year. Check all lighting for damaged wires and ensure that you are using the proper extension cords. Indoor and outdoor extension cords should be used appropriately.
Keep an Eye on Your Fireplace or Fire Pit
Fireplaces and fire pits are common but can be one of the leading causes of fires each year. You should never leave your fireplace or fire pit unattended. Never leave your home with a fireplace still in use. Logs can sometimes roll out as they burn down. This can cause a fire to spread throughout your home quickly.
Water Your Tree
If you are using a live tree this year, ensure it is being watered properly. Dry trees can become engulfed in flames within moments. This can cause a devastating fire to your home.
As you can see, above are some minor ways you can ensure your home is fire and disaster-free this Winter. If you do experience any fire damages, give Disaster Cleanup Services a call. Our team provides complete fire restoration services!