Holiday Fire Safety

Posted by Greg Kudrna | November 26th, 2018

It may be the most wonderful time of the year, but it’s also the busiest time of year—for local firefighters. According to www.firesaftey.gov, fires during the holiday season injure as many as 1,650 Americans, causing more than $990 million in damages.

Holiday Fire Safety

From scented candles, Christmas trees, and fireplaces to lights and space heaters, it’s easy to see why fire prevention is so important during the holidays. That’s why www.firesaftey.gov (literally) spells out some prevention measures to make sure this holiday is a safe and merry one for you and your family.

Space heaters:

  • Place them at least three feet away from anything flammable.
  • Make sure an adult is in the room when heaters are on.
  • Turn them off when you leave the room or go to sleep.

Alarms:

  • Install at least one smoke alarm on each floor level of the home, including basements.
  • Test the alarms monthly, and be sure to change batteries at least once a year.

Fires:

  • Never burn unconventional items such as wrapping paper or boxes in the fireplace, as this could cause a chimney fire.
  • The same thinking applies to stoves and ovens—use these strictly for cooking, and not for heating.

Escape:

  • Plan a home escape with two ways out of each room.
  • Practice your exit plan with every member of the family to make sure it works.
  • Invest in fire extinguishers, and know how to use them.

Trees:

  • For artificial trees, only choose flame-retardant ones with a UL label.
  • Cut trees should be watered daily to be kept fresh.
  • Never use real candles on trees.
  • Keep trees at a safe distance from fireplaces, other sources of heat, and doorways.
  • Dispose of trees at an authorized recycling center.

Your lights:

  • Inspect lights for wear and tear, such as frayed wires or gaps in insulation.
  • Periodically check wires—they should not be warm to touch.
  • Connect strings to an extension cord before plugging in.

Fore more information, visit firesafety.gov. At Henges Insulation & Fireplaces, our experienced team offers nothing less than outstanding customer service. We pride ourselves on our professionalism and competitive pricing. If there is anything we can help you with, please contact us at 913-764-4600 or complete the contact form. We look forward to working with you!

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