Fire Safety: Top Tips to Safeguard Your Home
The holidays are a time for celebration and joy but they can also be a time for increased fire risk. Fire safety is imperative and especially around the holidays. With all of the extra decorations, gifts and celebrations, the risk for fire is increased
exponentially. Here are some tips on how to safeguard your home against fire during the upcoming holidays:
Decorate safely: Keep candles at least 1 foot away from flammable materials, such as curtains, bedding and furniture. Use sturdy candle holders with drip plates and never leave burning candles unattended. If you have a
Christmas tree, place it at least 3 feet away from heat sources, such as fireplaces, radiators and heating vents. Use only UL-listed lights and turn them off when leaving the house or going to bed.
Cook safely: Never leave cooking unattended and keep flammable materials away from the stovetop. Be especially careful when cooking with oil or grease, as these can catch fire easily. If you have a grease fire, smother
it with a lid or baking sheet and do not use water.
Check your smoke alarms: Make sure you have smoke alarms on every level of your home, including the basement and attic. Test the alarms monthly to make sure they are working properly.
Have a fire escape plan: Make sure everyone in your household knows how to escape in the event of a fire. Have a designated meeting place outside of the home where everyone can gather.
Here are some additional tips:
Be careful with electrical outlets and cords. Do not overload outlets and avoid using extension cords.
Keep your fireplace clean and well-maintained. Have your chimney inspected and cleaned annually by a qualified professional.
Make sure your home has working carbon monoxide detectors. Carbon monoxide is a colorless, odorless gas that can be fatal. Detectors should be placed on every level of your home, including the basement and attic.
If you are planning to travel during the holidays, take steps to protect your home while you are away. Unplug unnecessary appliances and electronics and turn off the water supply to your home. You may also want to consider having a neighbor or friend
check on your home regularly.
By following these tips, you can help keep your home safe from fire during the upcoming holidays. Pulido Cleaning & Restoration, 951-494-6040