Winter Fire Protection
Winter can be the most dangerous time of the year for residential fires. Fires can cost a family their home, stability, and a great emotional loss.
By following some of these simple tips and suggestions help can help you protect your home from fire this winter:
· Make sure your home is equipped with smoke detectors. Smoke detectors save lives. Clean them regularly and replace the batteries twice a year. Install a carbon monoxide alarm. Carbon monoxide is a colorless and odorless gas that can be deadly
· Have easily accessible fire extinguishers. Make sure everyone in the family knows how to use them properly.
· Have you furnace and hot water heater regularly maintained. This should also include replacing your furnace filter every 90 days.
· Clean your furnace and/or fireplace chimney regularly to prevent creosote build-up. If you burn in your fireplace often, you should have it professionally cleaned on an annual basis. Also, burning creosote cleaning logs is a great idea.
· Clean all areas near your stove including the range hood to prevent the build-up of grease deposits that can form and catch fire easily.
· Inspect all electrical cords, extension cords, and surge protectors. Throw away anything that is frayed or worn. This is especially important around the holidays where extra extension cords are used.
· Candles should be kept covered and away from a place where they can get knocked over easily. Care should be made to extinguish them before retiring for the evening. They should be kept out of the reach of small children.
Finally, check with your insurance company and update your policy regularly. You will want to make sure your insurer knows about any renovations or improvements to your home so you can get replacement costs in the case of a fire. Also, update your insurance for any new large purchases you may have inside the home.