KIDSMART – FEBRUARY 2016

Fire and Fireplace Safety Tips For Winter

Winter is the coziest time of year. It’s also a time of year that can pose specific safety risks, especially around the use of candles, fire and heating products.

In 2015, one home structure fire was reported every 86 seconds, according to the National Fire Protection Association. To protect your family and home, check out these tips.

Safety Devices

Double check all of your home’s safety devices, including carbon monoxide detectors and smoke alarms for functionality and to ensure batteries are still working.Doing so will offer you greater peace of mind during a time of year with additional fire risks.

Candles

Candles can be a feast for the senses, but they are also a major cause of accidents and house fires. Don’t burn candles near curtains, and other flammable objects. Never leave candles unattended. Ensure all flames are extinguished before leaving a room and before going to sleep. If you have pets or children, make sure any open flames are well out of their reach and consider alternatives such as candle warmers. Taking a few key precautions can help you make your home a safe haven this winter.

Fireplaces

Nothing beats the charm and warmth of a fireplace. Heatilator, a leader in fireplace safety and the number one fireplace brand used by homebuilders, began including safety screens as standard equipment more than a decade before rules required the use of this equipment in new fireplace installations. As a pioneer in the field of fireplace safety, they offer these tips:

  • Ensure gas fireplaces are outfitted with safety screens. Check out Heatilator, which offers retrofit safety screens.
  • Never leave children or pets unattended near a lit fireplace or one that was recently turned off. Safety screens are meant to protect against contact with hot glass, but remember that the metal can also heat up, and your heating equipment — fireplaces, stoves, inserts and their surrounding material — will remain hot for some time after use.
  • Consider annual maintenance for both wood-burning and gas fireplaces, as recommended by experts.
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