Minimize Your Home’s Fire Risk This Winter
How to Fireproof Your Home During Winter?
Did you know that close to 900 people die in winter home fires every year? Or that cooking is the leading cause of home fires in the winter time? They most commonly happen between 5 pm and 8 pm, and a variety of factors are involved when winter home fires occur.
The holidays are a special time but with all the holiday meals, decorations and use of unsafe heat sources, fires can easily happen and preventing them is easy. Here are some things you should keep in mind to make sure you don’t become part of the winter home fire statistics.
Practice Heating Safety
Although you might already know this, it is never a bad idea to remind yourself to follow these essential practices when it comes to home heating.
- Don’t burn Christmas tree limbs or wrapping paper in your fireplace, as they can cause sparks which increase the risk of fire. Also, make sure you use a screen when you do have a fire.
- Always remember to shut off your space heaters or get one that can automatically shut off.
- Inspect your furnace, chimney, etc., every year.
- When cooking on a wood stove, don’t forget to keep the doors closed, unless you are stocking the fire or adding more wood.
Follow Safe Cooking Practices at all Times
- Never leave your stove or oven completely unattended when you’re cooking.
- Turn off the burner if you notice any smoke.
- If you’re wearing sleeves when cooking, always roll them up!
Avoid Using Decorations That Pose a Potential Fire Risk
- Burning candles should never be left unattended and keep them away from anything that is flammable.
- Avoid connecting more than 3 strands of Christmas lights together.
- Remember to unplug your Christmas lights before going to bed. Never leave them on all night.
Is your home protected against potential fires? Talk to your insurance agent at AAI Central to review your home insurance policy and make sure it provides you with the type of coverage that you really need. Give us a call if you have any questions. Keep safe during the holidays and enjoy this wonderful season!