The holiday season should be a joyous one, but it can also become a hazardous one. In fact, house fires can occur during this time of year due to heating equipment and holiday decorations. Keep the following information on holiday fire hazards in mind, so you can have a safe holiday season.
Holiday decorations aren’t usually a danger on their own, but they can become holiday fire hazards when they’re near heat sources. Put Christmas trees, especially live ones, at least three feet away from vents, fireplaces, space heaters and other heat sources to reduce the risk of fires. The same goes for any other holiday decorations that are flammable.
If you plan on using your fireplace on cold nights this holiday season, make sure it’s in good shape. Have your fireplace cleaned and inspected beforehand, and open the damper before lighting any fires. Keep a screen in front of the fireplace to prevent sparks from getting out and starting fires in your home. Always make sure that the fire is out completely before going to bed.
If you need space heaters to keep certain parts of your home warm this holiday season, it’s important to make sure you’re using them safely. Space heaters are among the most common holiday fire hazards when they’re put close to trees, wrapped presents and other items that can catch fire. Keep space heaters far away from these items, and make sure that they’re in good condition before using them.
When preparing holiday meals this season, always keep an eye on the stove when it’s in use, and keep pot holders and other flammable items far away from the burners. You should also check on foods that are in the oven, such as turkey, to make sure it’s cooking safely. Kitchen fires are a common danger during the holiday season.
If you need heating repairs or maintenance this holiday season, contact Aggressive Mechanical Contractors, Inc. We offer dependable heating services for homeowners in Monmouth County and the surrounding area.
Our goal is to help educate our customers in Monmouth County, New Jersey and surrounding areas about energy and home comfort issues (specific to HVAC systems).