Holiday Fire Prevention Tips

Dryer Vent Cleaning Littleton:  Dryer vent cleaning eliminates a fire hazard while increasing dryer efficiency. Over 17,000 dryer fires occur annually, with failure to clean dryer vents being the number one cause.

The number of residential fires increases during the holiday season in the winter months. Firefighters expect to be called to the scene of at least one home fire on Christmas Day. How sad is that?

Causes of home fires can be a number of things. Add in the holiday season when people are often busy and distracted, and a disaster is bound to occur. The Dryer Vent Cleaning Wizard and the NFPA encourage residents and business owners to take precautions to protect their home and business from fire.

Each year between Thanksgiving and New Year’s Day, firefighters are called to respond when people are enjoying festivities and not paying attention in the kitchen. Cooking accidents are common during the holiday season.

Overloading electrical outlets or using frayed extension cords are another cause of home fires with everyone anxious to try out their new electronic toys.

Over 80 percent of home fires are caused by heating devices. Never refill kerosene heaters while inside the home and avoid using extension cords with electric heaters, especially if they are old and frayed. Store kerosene outside of the home and away from heat sources as the fumes can be ignited by something as simple as a light bulb.

Heaters are not clothes dryers! Do not put wet clothing on or near heaters. Do not put the heater too close to any objects that can catch on fire.

Dryer vent cleaning is important appliance maintenance, all year around. Have your dryer vent system professionally installed by a dryer exhaust specialist and have dryer vent cleaning performed regularly to prevent dryer fires and promote dryer performance.

Never leave the house or go to sleep with the dryer running. This goes for space heaters and Christmas tree lights as well. Here are some more tips to keep your home safe from fire:

General Safety:

Install smoke detectors on each level of your home near bedrooms
Check smoke detectors monthly and replace batteries twice a year
Develop an escape plan and practice it often
Do not use the stove or oven to heat your home
Keep matches and lighters out of reach of children

Decorations:

Use only non-combustible or flame-resistant holiday decorations
Never use lighted candles near the tree and be sure to extinguish them before leaving home or going to sleep
Make sure live trees are fresh and keep them watered
Do not place the tree where it blocks an exit
Use lights for their intended purpose, indoor/outdoor
Check all lights for broken sockets or frayed wires.
Replace burned-out bulbs with the correct wattage
Do not use electric lights on a metallic tree

Fireplaces and Space Heaters

Do not burn wrapping paper in fireplaces
Use a screen in front of the fire place
Be careful with fireplace decorations and be sure to keep them well away from flames
Make sure outlets are designed to handle the load with electric heaters and do not plug anything else into the socket with the heater
Be sure to use only the correct fuel with kerosene heaters and do no overfill them. Always refuel outside after the unit has cooled off