Fires can happen in your home or business at any time of the year. But there’s an increased risk for fires during the winter months. There are a few tips you should follow to reduce your chances of being forced to deal with a fire this winter. Let’s take a look at them below.
Maintain your heating system properly.
According to the National Fire Protection Association, about one out of every six home fires starts because of heating equipment. Unfortunately, it’s impossible to make your heating equipment 100 percent safe, but you can lower the chances of it starting a fire by having it inspected at least once every year. By doing this, you can ensure it receives the service it needs to run properly.
Avoid using space heaters unattended.
Many Americans use space heaters in the winter to heat up office spaces, bedrooms, and other areas that may not get the heat they need to stay warm. This isn’t a problem in and of itself, but you can encounter issues if you turn a space heater on and then walk away and leave it running without any supervision. This is basically an invitation to start a fire. You should avoid using space heaters when you’re not around and shut them off before you go to sleep at night.
Blow out candles or decide against using them at all.
Candles are another leading cause of fires in the U.S., and there are many people who light them in the winter. If you light candles in your home, you should set a reminder so that you remember to blow them out. You should also move candles away from curtains and other things that could catch on fire. If possible, you should invest in battery-operated candles that look like the real thing but don’t contain any real fire.
In addition to taking these steps to prevent fires, you should also make sure you have a fire alarm installed in your home or business, just in case. Life Safety Consultants can provide you with fire alarms, smoke detectors, and other products that will keep you safe. Call us at 888-557-0558 today to place an order.