Christmas is indeed the most wonderful time of the year! It’s the season for family gatherings, holiday carols, and exchange gifts. Unfortunately, there are some holiday fire hazards you need to watch out for. Read on to learn some preventive measures you can take to avoid them.
There’s no greater joy than the sight of decorative lights that give a festive glow on long winter nights. Just be mindful not to overcrowd the outlets. Electrical malfunctions cause half of all house fires. To prevent this unwanted situation, consider installing an Arc-Fault Circuit Interrupter (AFCI) outlet. This device is designed to protect your home from overloading and overheating of the circuit breaker.
Did you know that your Christmas tree can pose all sorts of holiday fire threats? The cause can be overloading or a reaction between the tree and any heat-generating appliances such as fireplaces, space heater, or furnace.
To reduce the risk of potential fire issues, here are things you can do:
- Place your Christmas tree at least three feet away from any heat source.
- Keep your tree hydrated. Water it regularly to prevent dryness and brittleness.
- Use LED & UL-Certified holiday lights as they’re safer and energy-efficient.
- Don’t leave your Christmas lights on overnight.
Cooking has always been a part of the holidays—wherever you are. For this reason, you should never leave your stove or oven unattended because it can cause a fire. So don’t spread yourself too thin, ask someone who can help you in the kitchen. Keep flammable items away from the burner to avoid mishaps. Don’t forget to turn off the gas once done and remove the pans from the stovetop.
Before setting your Christmas lights, carefully check them for missing or broken bulbs. Also, inspect them for loose connections, damaged, or frayed cords before plugging in. Additionally, don’t run your cables across the living room or through windows and doors. Instead, elevate the plugs and connections to prevent tripping hazards.
Malfunctioning Heating System
As your unit ages, it loses efficiency and becomes unreliable. Plus, its connections get old and loose which increases the chances of unforeseen dangers like fires. Don’t risk the safety and comfort of your family this holiday season. Let your local heating experts check your unit and fix any issues as soon as possible.
Taking simple precautions can go a long way. Keep your home and family safe and warm this Christmas Season with these helpful tips from A-Better Heating and Air Conditioning. And if you need new furnace installation, repair, or complete maintenance for your heating system, call us immediately!