During the winter, despite the cold, rain, and snow, home fires abound more than other times of the year. The main reason for this is the additional use of heating devices, candles, and the abundance of cooking centered holidays. Additionally there is risk from holiday decorations and Christmas trees that should be heeded during the winter months. Here we’ll look at some winter specific tips for managing the risk of fire in your own home.
Decorations and Trees
Especially during the winter month you’re much more likely to encounter a home fire because of the abundant use of holiday decorations and a Christmas tree. The best way to prevent this is to inspect the electrical components of your decorations. This means make sure that your lights are in good condition with no fraying wires. Additionally make sure that you don’t have flammable materials within close proximity to decorative lights. The same goes for lights on your tree but one of the easier and more important ways to ensure your tree doesn’t go up in flames is to make sure that it is not dry. If you have a fresh tree with a high water content in the needles it’s much less likely to catch fire even if there is an electrical malfunction.
The use of candles is always nice for ambience and adds a nice touch to any winter holiday but also poses a serious risk of fire if used carelessly. The best way to prevent fires from candles is to make sure there aren’t any flammable materials nearby that could brush past the flames and ignite. Keep candles away from drapes or frilly decorations. Additionally, it’s always a good idea to make sure that your candles have a steady and secure base so they are less likely to tip over due to mishap or a strong draft.
Lastly, the use of heating devices like space heaters, wood fireplaces, or furnaces increases during the winter months and makes for a convenient way for a home fire to start. The basic premise for prevention here is common sense and maintenance. Don’t keep flammable materials close by and make sure that electric heaters are turned off when not in use and have well maintained cables. Additionally, it’s always a good idea for furnaces and fireplaces to regularly clean the creosote from the chimney. Be aware and you shouldn’t have any issues this holiday season.