You Can Take Steps to Prevent Winter Fires at Your Home | SERVPRO® of St. Joseph
Did you know that more house fires happen during the cold winter months than at any point during the year? It’s true! There are many reasons for this, ranging from winter holidays and the extra time spent in the kitchen to the pitfalls of home heating malfunctions.
Not only do house fires cause property damage and cost families priceless heirlooms, but they can also cause injuries and deaths. According to industry experts, as many as 890 people die from house fires every year.
Of course, even homeowners who take necessary prevention steps aren’t always immune to the dangers fires can pose. But the good news is you can take small steps over the next few months that together make your fire risk much lower.
Making Fire Prevention Simple
We’ve pulled together some expert tips to help you stay safer at home during the winter months. Here’s some great news: Most of these tips can be implemented with very little time or money during your daily routine.
Get your furnace checked. Even if your furnace seems to be working fine, it’s a good idea to have a professional check it for maintenance issues. For example, if your blades or vents are dirty and clogged, it can be a fire hazard.
Carefully place your candles. If candles are left burning when you leave home or placed in a location where they can easily topple, then they can become a fire hazard. Please don’t leave your candles burning; blow them out instead. Never place them somewhere a child or pet can knock them over.
Make space heater safety a priority. Always plug your space heater directly into your wall. If you need to rearrange your furniture a little, it’s a smart move and makes your home safer. Also, make sure your space heater is clear on all sides.
If your home is damaged due to a fire or any other cause, you can always count on us for restoration assistance. We have teams who are available 24⁄7 in the event of an emergency. Contact us at any time to learn more about our restoration services and how we can help your family.