With the holidays upon us it is prudent to talk about fire safety during the upcoming weeks. Many of us will be embracing traditional practices of lighting the menorah, decorating the Christmas tree, roasting chestnuts and/or cooking for the family gathering.
According to the NFPA, December is the peak time of year for home candle fires. In December, 11% of home candle fires began with decorations compared to 4% the rest of the year.
The safest way to enjoy the illumination of a candle, is to utilize an electric or battery operated candle rather than the open flame variety. Open flames are always a threat to generating a situation that can quickly become out of hand. If however, you are "old school" and must have the open flame variety, please be cautious. Stay with your candles, at all times. Keep the flames away from open windows or other breezy conditions and never place them near flammable materials such as upholstery or curtains. If you have pets or small children, be extra cautious and reconsider the electric/battery operated varieties.
For more tips from NFPA click HERE.
Christmas Tree Safety
Might as well go to the best resource for this information. So, once again we defer to the NFPA. Click HERE to learn more!
Heating and Fireplace Safety
There is nothing like the crackling of a fire in the fireplace during the winter months to sooth the soul. However, they are also a leading cause of house fires. Take the advice from the professionals and follow the safety tips outlined HERE.
Give the Gift of Preparedness
How about giving the gift of preparedness for the Holidays? You could sign up a loved one for a CPR/FA course, give them a fire extinguisher, a carbon monoxide detector, a disaster kit or a home safety evaluation from HT2. Or maybe you would like help in developing your home plans or having your own home evaluated? If you would like to give the gift of a home safety evaluation to you or your loved one click HERE.