‘Tis the season to be jolly, but it’s also the season to be mindful of fire hazards. Every year, there are a lot of reports of fatalities, injuries, and property destruction due to holiday fires. Fortunately, you can avoid holiday fire hazards by just exercising a little more caution with these tips.
Common Fire Hazards
1. Dry Christmas Tree. When shopping for your Christmas tree, be on the lookout for signs of drying. Examine trees for excessive shedding of needles (a little shedding is not a problem), yellowing, and brittleness. When you get the tree home, cut the end of the trunk on the slant a good 2 inches to remove the sap scar, so the tree can intake water properly. Keep the tree holder full of water. Dry trees can catch on fire from defective holiday lighting, sparks from the fireplace, space heaters, and candles.
2. Holiday Lighting. Do not overload strings of lights on electrical circuits. Read the directions regarding amp limits. Do not use frayed or damaged strands of lights. Use indoor lights indoors and outdoor lights outdoors.
3. Candles. Candles enhance the holiday ambiance, particularly if they are scented, but they are also a fire hazard. Keep children away from lighted candles. Don’t place candles near flammable objects. Extinguish candles when you go to bed or leave home.
4. Sources of Heat. If you’re inclined to have roaring fires at Christmas, make sure you’ve gotten your chimney or flue properly cleaned and that you always extinguish the fire before you go to bed. Use a fire screen in front of the fireplace to keep flying sparks from burning rugs, drapes, and other flammable objects. Also be mindful of space heaters and do not set them near flammable objects.
5. Kitchen Fires. There may be lots of holiday cooking and baking, but you can’t afford to get distracted and allow baking to burn or pots to boil over. Make sure you turn burners off.
For more on holiday fire hazards, contact Aggressive Mechanical Contractors, serving Neptune City and the surrounding area since 1948.