With the winter creeping in, more and more of us have begun to warm up indoors. With the winter driving us all inside our homes, our potential for a home fire can increase. Even though many common causes of house fires are preventable, other issues can cause fire hazards that can put you in danger. This is an especially good reason to take care of major home maintenance dealing with your heating system, fireplaces, or other appliances in the fall to avoid dangerous fires in the winter. Here are 5 handy fire safety tips to keep you and your home safe this winter.
1. Practice Fire Safety Procedures
Some simple steps, like establishing a fire escape route or knowing how to stop, drop, and roll, can save lives in a fire emergency. Especially if you have children, it is important to make sure everyone in your house knows these fire safety measures this winter. Make sure that in case of an emergency, children know how to get out of the home and dial 911 for emergency response.
2. Cover Your Fireplace
If you have a fireplace in your home, make sure it is covered by a screen ro prevent sparks from flying out into your living room. Keeping the sparks in the fireplace will not only keep children and pets safe around your fireplace, it will greatly decrease your risk of house fire by spark in the carpet or on the furniture.
3. Keep an Eye on Space Heaters
As you probably guessed, space heaters can get very hot in the process of heating a room. If you use space heaters in your home during the winter, be careful of their use and make sure that any pets or people are at least 3 feet away from the appliance. Be sure to place space heaters far from curtains, table cloths, blankets, or other fluttery cloth. Another fire safety tip for space heaters is to make sure that you only use space heaters with an automatic shut-off setting to prevent the temperature from getting too high and creating a fire hazard.
4. Test Smoke Alarms
Everyone should test their smoke alarms frequently, but the winter is an especially important time of year to make sure your smoke alarms are working properly. Replace any dead or dying batteries in the winter, especially in some of the most common rooms where house fires start, such as the kitchen and laundry room.
5. Have Your Furnace Inspected
One of the most important annual fire safety measures, especially for the winter, is the inspection of the furnace. As your furnace gets older and well-worn, it can operate less efficiently. Keeping it properly maintained can help you to identify any potential hazards or safety issues early on, allowing you to heat your home safely all winter.
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