Fire-Proof Your Home for the Holidays

Date November 8, 2012

As the temperature drops outside, the first thing we want to do is bust out our starter logs and lighter fluid and start a warm, cozy, borderline-dangerous fire in our fireplace, or spark a death-candle in the middle of our dinner table to increase the autumnal allure.

Okay, maybe that’s a little bit of an exaggeration. But as wonderful as a fireplace fire feels, or a decorative holiday candle looks, it does come with its risks. Before it gets too terribly cold out and before the holidays sneak up on us, now’s a great ! time to make sure your home is fireproof with these easy tips:

Flameless & Danger-less
Flameless candles still give off that soft, warm glow that real candles do (and, a lot of the time, they also smell just as great) but do so without the risks posed by real flames.

Let Out Your Outlets
Holiday lights and decorations are beautiful, but overloading your outlets with plugs can be a fire hazard (A Christmas Story, anyone?). If you have any heat-producing items, like lights for example, limit one plug per outlet. Don’t plug lights and an iron, for example, into the same outlet.

Cool It In The Kitchen
We spend a lot of time in the kitchen this time of year – hosting parties, baking new creations, cooking for scores of visitors, etc. Naturally, this ups your chance for fires. The biggest thing to keep in mind is never leave your stove or ove! n or other cooking appliance unattended. It sounds elementary but, according to the National Fire Protection Association, unattended cooking is the leading cause of all home fire injuries. Keep your eyes on the prize so you don’t have to feel the blaze on your face.

Outfit Your Home with All the Bells & Whistles
Set your home up for ultimate fire protection by outfitting it with smoke detectors (with working batteries, of course) and fire extinguishers. If, heaven forbid, something were to go awry, you want to be sure you’re alerted to it before it gets out of control and that you have a way to battle it. Also be sure that everyone in your family knows of these tools’ respective locations in your home and how to operate them.

Map Your Route
Have a plan of escape in the event that things get out of control and make sure each member of your family is familiar with this plan. Have a fire drill or two every once in a while just to make sure that everyone is on th! e same page. The quicker and more efficiently you can escape when there is no fire will give you the confidence and the speed with which to manage a dangerous situation, were it to arise.

The holidays are definitely meant to evoke lots of “warm” and fuzzy feelings in your family, but not literally! Be sure to take all the safety precautions necessary this holiday season to avoid any danger. Happy celebrating!

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