We retreat to the indoors when the winter weather pushes temperatures way down. To stay warm, you might rely on your furnace, a fireplace, or a space heater. However, heating is the second leading cause of U.S. home fires, deaths and injuries. Make sure that you know the right winter fire safety tips to stay warm and secure this season.
The National Fire Protection Association reports that December, January, and February are the peak months for heating fires. While you may be most concerned with the fireplace or other heat sources, you should not ignore other potential fire hazards in the home, such as cooking or lighting candles.
Nearly $2 billion in property loss occurs each year from winter fires, according to the U.S. Fire Administration. Cooking leads all others as the primary cause of winter home fires. Combustible materials, like paper towels, pot holders and cookbooks should be kept a safe distance from your stove, and you should never leave your cooking unattended.
Space heaters are most often involved in home equipment fires, says the NFPA. Be sure not to keep your heating equipment close to things that can burn, such as furniture, clothing or bedding.
A wood-burning fireplace requires chimney inspections and cleaning every year. Never use flammable liquids to start a fire, and use a glass or metal screen in front of the fireplace to stop embers or sparks from escaping. Also, when going to bed, be sure that the fire is out before falling asleep.
Even a small fire produces a significant amount of residual damage. Take special care with candles, and make sure candles, like all flames, should be kept away from combustible materials, such as curtains or decorations.
Following the most simple winter fire safety tips can prevent your home from significant harm. Call Action Restoration today at 616-797-0847 for a fire damage inspection today. We’re ready 24/7 to Respond, Recover, and Restore.