Don’t leave your home and loved ones vulnerable to fire this holiday season.
As a homeowner, fire is one of the most serious and devastating risks that you face. Unfortunately, this risk increases significantly during the holiday season. If you do not want your holiday spirit to be ruined by fire damage, then here are some of the fire safety tips that you should employ around your home.
1) Candle Safety
According to the National Fire Protection Association, the incidence of fire caused by candles is four times higher in December than it is during any other time of the year. The best way to avoid a house fire is by not lighting candles inside your home. However, if you must use candles, then make sure that you remove anything flammable within a foot radius of the candle. Additionally, you should ensure that your candles are placed on sturdy surfaces. Finally, never leave your home or go to bed without extinguishing all the candles inside your home.
2) Decorating Safety
Using decorative light strings can also increase your home’s risk for fire. Before you hang up any lights, make sure that they do not have any frayed cords, exposed wires, or damaged bulbs. Additionally, you should avoid plugging more than three strings into the same extension cord or power strip as this could also increase your chances of starting a fire. Finally, you should check all your lights and cords to ensure that you are using the right ones for outdoor and indoor use respectively. Using the proper equipment will ensure that your decorations do not spark a fire this holiday season.
3) Cooking Safety
As you prepare for your upcoming holiday parties and meals, make sure that you are practicing fire safety. The U.S. Fire Administration (USFA) reports cooking as the top cause of holiday fires. These fires often occur when homeowners forget about the food they have left in the oven or on the stove. Another common cause of cooking fires is leaving flammable items near the heat of the stove. So, to reduce your risk for a holiday cooking fire, make sure you stay vigilant and do not leave your kitchen unattended during the cooking process.
These are some of the steps that you should take to protect against fire this holiday season. Want another way to protect the people and things that you love most? Then make sure you have the right personal insurance in place. For assistance with all your coverage needs, contact the team at Udell Family Insurance to get started today.