Top Fire Safety Tips for the Holiday Season


The holidays are in full swing. Most likely you're focusing on decorating your home, picking out your tree, and making things feel more festive all the way around. While this is certainly a time to kick back and enjoy the last bit of 2016, there is one important factor that you don't want to push to the backburner this time of year: fire safety.


The holidays are in full swing. Most likely you're focusing on decorating your home, picking out your tree, and making things feel more festive all the way around. While this is certainly a time to kick back and enjoy the last bit of 2016, there is one important factor that you don't want to push to the backburner this time of year: fire safety.

With extra holiday lights, candles, and even wood burning fireplaces roaring, fire safety is critically important. Even something as innocent as an electric blanket can sends sparks flying, and it pays to give extra close attention to potential fire hazards around your home.

Keep an Eye on the Christmas Tree

Did you know that one out of every three Christmas tree fires is caused by electrical problems? If you have a tree that is decked out with lights, you'll want to keep an eye out this holiday season. Christmas tree fires aren't that common, but they can get out of control very quickly once the fire starts.

If you have a real Christmas tree, be sure to water it daily to prevent it from drying out. You also want to keep your tree at least 3 feet away from any heat source, including a radiator or fireplace.

Also, be sure to always turn off the tree lights before leaving the house or going to bed.

Be Safe with Your Space Heater

Portable space heaters are a popular way to keep your home toasty during the cold Fort Wayne winters. However, they also are high risk for fire and electric shock. With half of all heating fires occurring in December, January, and February, you'll never want to leave a space heater unattended.

Inspect your heater for cracks and broken plugs. You'll also want to be sure that you plug your space heater directly into the wall outlet do not use an extension cord and do not plug in any other devices into the same outlet.

Electric Blanket Safety


When temperatures dip below freezing here in Fort Wayne, some homeowners turn to an electric blanket to help stay warm. Unfortunately, heating pads and electric blankets cause around 500 fires per year.  

Just like any other electrical device, do not leave your electric blanket unattended when it's turned on. You also don't want to put anything on top of the blanket when it's in use including pets. This can cause the blanket to overheat.

Furthermore, be sure to check for frayed or charred spots on the blanket and cracked or frayed cords.

Taking a few moments to check for potential fire hazards can literally save your home. Above all else, be sure that your smoke detectors are in working order and change the batteries if needed. We wish you a safe and happy holiday season, and always keep fire safety at the top of your priority list.


 

Chris Jarvis