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Fire Prevention During Family Gatherings

Fire Prevention During Family Gatherings

While the holidays are typically a time for cheer and large family gatherings become a commonplace, the holiday season can also be a time of tragedy. We always hear horror stories of fires erupting in the home and loved ones’ lives lost over freak accidents, and we think it won’t be us. But the truth is if you don’t take the necessary precautions to prevent fires during the holidays, your home is just as likely to ignite as anyone else’s. Whether it be sparked from a Christmas tree, candle, wood fire, or electrical outlet, these horrible holiday fires can be devastating if homeowners don’t follow these 6 simple home fire prevention tips:

  1. Don’t overload electrical outlets. Electrical outlets can become easily overloaded if there are tons of appliances plugged into an extension cord. Also, if the outlet is a bit worn or looks old, simply plugging in a lamp that uses high wattage or a hairdryer that uses high voltage can cause an electrical fire.
  2. Use LED lights. When you are lighting your Christmas tree and decorating around the house, switch to LED lights. They don’t get hot like traditional incandescent lights, which can create fire hazards, especially when combined with a dry Christmas tree.
  3. Turn off the lights when no one is home. If your house is empty, or if everyone is asleep, make sure to turn off your Christmas tree lights. A simple solution to this is to buy a timer attachment that automatically turns your lights on and off at certain hours of the day.
  4. Water your Christmas tree daily. To avoid drying out and becoming a major fire hazard, your Christmas tree should be watered daily. If you decide on an artificial Christmas tree, make sure you look for “Fire Resistant” on the label before purchasing.
  5. Limit the use of a space heater. The family is in town and Grandma may be cold, but space heaters are a huge fire hazard and result in approximately 21,000 fires every year. To limit their use, wear warmer clothes indoors and only turn them on when completely necessary, and for short periods of time. Read more about space heaters here.
  6. Don’t leave burning candles unattended. A candle should never be left lit without some sort of supervision. Consider using battery-operated or flameless candles as a safe alternative.

Taking these precautions can help to mitigate the possibility of a fire during your holiday family gathering. Even so, freak accidents happen every day, and that is why fire restoration experts like us are here. We can handle the physical fire damages and restore your home to its proper health, so you can tend to your family, personal, and business affairs. Give us a call today with any questions, or for a free estimate from one of our fire restoration specialists in Alexandria, VA – we’re here for you.

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