Avoid Fire Dangers in the Winter


House fires are more common in the winter than any other season. Most people don’t realize how their day-to-day decisions increase the chances of a disaster happening in their home. We have laid out some causes of home fires and how you can take action from preventing a disaster happening in your home.

  1. Electrical Appliances

    Common Threat

    About half of all electrical home fires involve electrical failures or malfunctions in appliances. Cords of appliances that are frayed and old can easily cause fires.

    Prevention Tips

    Replace appliances with damaged cords immediately and do not run cords under furniture or rugs.

  2. Cooking

    Common Threat

    Cooking left unattended is one of the most common causes of house fires.

    Prevention Tips

    Always stay in the kitchen while you’re cooking and even if you leave the room for a short period, turn off the stove. If you are using a barbecue grill outside, position the grill at least ten feet away from the siding of your home and deck railings.

  3. Carbon Monoxide

    Common Threat

    Carbon monoxide is a non-fire incident, but it is popular during winter months. Carbon monoxide is an invisible killer caused when fuels from gasoline, wood, coal, natural gas, propane, oil, and methane burn incompletely.

    Prevention Tips

    Heating and cooking appliances that burn fuel are potential sources of carbon monoxide. The poisoning is difficult to recognize, so install carbon monoxide alarms in your home to avoid this silent killer.

  4. Fireplaces

    Common Threat

    You are probably using your fireplace more frequently in the winter months to help keep you and your family warm. Fireplaces produce creosote which can easily ignite and cause more fire and smoke and lead to a potential disaster in your home.

    Prevention Tips

    Before you start using your fireplace more regularly check for any damages and make sure it is clean. Always make sure the fire is completely out before leaving the room or your home.

  5. Smoke

    Common Threat

    It may seem obvious to have working smoke alarms in your home, but 62 percent of home fire deaths resulted from fires in homes with inoperable smoke alarms or no smoke alarms at all.

    Prevention Tips

    Test your smoke alarms and make sure the batteries are fresh and working properly.

 
Winter causes headaches for all of us but preparing for potential winter disasters will relieve some stress during this time of year. Home fires are preventable, and there is never too much you can do to protect your home and your family. Keep these tips in mind to help keep your home safe this winter.
Even at our best efforts to prevent disasters from happening, they still can occur when we least expect it. If you ever have to deal with frightening results from a home fire, call Hays + Sons, our restoration specialists can help secure your home and in many causes restore your belongings. You can trust us to get your household back up and running as quickly as possible. At Hays + Sons we do restoration right.

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