Fire Safety Tips For the Winter Months
Fires are a safety concern year-round, but there are unique cases that make the winter months more susceptible to fire hazards. Be smart about how to heat your home. Accidents always happen when we let down our guard in areas where we feel the safest—like our homes.
- Enjoy a contained fire: There’s nothing wrong with taking in the warmth and beauty of a burning fire. Enjoy the crackle and take in the smoky smell of wood burning, as long as it’s in a fireplace or a firepit with constant supervision. Having a roaring fire is one of the best things about the colder months. Make some s’mores, roast marshmallows, and pop popcorn by the fire. Everything tastes a little sweeter by the fire.
- Unplug appliances when not in use: Don’t let accidental fires spark up from overuse. During the winter you’re going to be using more electrical appliances to give you light and warmth. While you aren’t using these things, be sure to unplug them to prevent accidents.
- Keep the stovetop and oven clean: Whether you have a gas or an electric stovetop, you need to keep it clean and free from grease splatter. During the colder months, you’ll want to have hot comfort foods. You’ll be using your oven and stove more often. That’s perfectly fine, as long as you keep up with the cleaning. Grease fires are incredibly common and very dangerous. Always dispose of grease by letting it cool and throw it away.
- Burn candles near objects: Candles are great for adding in seasonal scents and adding ambiance to the room. They are a favorite during the colder months to make you feel warm, but they still have dangers attached to them. Be mindful of where you place them in your home. Keep anything burning away from objects and set on a table out of reach of children. A quick breeze can sweep the curtains over a candle, setting the fabric ablaze.
- Place space heaters beside objects: Space heaters are nice additions to a room in the winter months. Be smart about where you place your heater. Don’t keep it near furniture or place on carpets. Fabrics and surfaces can overheat and cause potential for fires and other damage.
- Use equipment with exposed wiring: If you have old plugs, look them over before using. Make sure that no pests or pets have chewed through the protective coating to expose raw wires. If they have, put temporary electrical tape over it, and avoid using it as much as possible until you are able to replace it.
You can still enjoy all of the comforts and warmth that you want during the cold winter months, but be cautious of how you use them. Fire safety is important any time of year. Talk to your family about your emergency action plan so that you can respond quickly in times of an accident. Visit your local fire department to learn more about fire safety tips.