The temperature is going down and the heaters are coming out! And while we’re focused on staying snug, there are a few things we need to remember when it comes to winter fire safety and prevention.
Check out our space heater safety tips.
Even though space heaters are large culprits of fires or electrical problems in the winter, alternative heating methods can also cause problems.
Fireplace Fire Safety
Traditional fireplaces are always huge selling points for homes. They’re cozy, rustic, and beautiful. However, there are certain things you must consider when burning a fire in your fireplace.
- Make sure you’ve got good, seasoned, dry firewood for efficient burning and minimal smoke.
- Always have a fire extinguisher handy!
- An adult must be around to tend and watch the fire at all times.
- Never use a combustible or flammable liquid to start a fire.
- Keep your chimney clean and inspected on a regular basis. Most fireplace and chimney fires were caused by creosote buildup, and could be prevented by regular cleaning.
- Use a screen or protector to prevent sparks from flying into the room and catching on flammable materials, like carpet, blankets or even wood floors.
Even electrical fireplaces can present a fire hazard. When it comes to the construction, there must be enough space between the apparatus and the wall. If the electrical fireplace fits too snugly into the space, the heat it generates could ignite the surrounding wood.
Wood Burning Stove Safety
- It’s very important that you install and use your wood burning stove according to the manufacturer’s instructions.
- Always remember to empty ash pans (containers) beneath the wood grate.
- Routine cleaning of the stove pipes and chimney is also important to prevent creosote buildup and carbon monoxide explusion.
- Fuel accelerants such as coal, grease, oil, gasoline, kerosene, plastics, and so on, also must never be added to firewood.
- Keep the door closed to avoid sparks flying onto combustible materials in the room.
Winter Storm Safety Tips
We don’t always get the best weather during winter. Sometimes it rains, sometimes it snows, and sometimes it storms ice. That can present downed electrical lines or flooding or power outages.
- If there is significant flooding, turn off the power to your home at the breaker box.
- Avoid downed power lines and call your power company immediately.
- Exercise caution if you use a backup generator during power outages. That means confirm that extension cords are in good condition and you are following manufacturer instructions.
Don’t get left without electrical comforts in the dead of winter. If you have any concerns with your electrical system, call us today to take a look! 502.636.4357