Winter Home Safety Tips
For Spokane, WA
As the days get colder the use of heating devices increases along with the effort to try to decrease household energy costs. It is important to know that most residential fires occur in the winter months, according the Center for Disease Control. Here are some tips on how to prevent a fire within your home. Search Spokane Real Estate for Sale.
Prevent Fires Caused By Cooking
- Always stay in the kitchen while cooking.
- Keep flammable objects at least three feet away from the range top.
- While grilling always stay near it while cooking and keep the grill at least 10 feet from other objects.
Prevent Fires Caused By Heating
- Follow space heaters' instructions carefully and keep them at least three feet from things that can burn like cloth or paper.
- Turn space heaters off when leaving the room or going to bed.
- Have a professional routinely inspect your furnace.
- Check out a safety guide for convection and radiant electric heaters
Prevent Fires Caused By Candles
- Only light candles when there's an adult in the room at all times.
- Use candle holders that are stable and made out of non-flammable materials.
- Blowout candles when you leave the room.
Prevent Fires Caused By Fireplaces
- Keep things that can burn away from your fireplace.
- Have your fireplace properly cleaned and maintained by a professional before the first use of the season.
- Keep a glass or metal screen in front of your fireplace.
- Place logs in rear of fireplace on a adequate supporting grate.
- Never leave a fire unattended and extinguish a fire before leaving the house or going to bed.
Prevent Fires Cause By Gasoline
- Keep fuel equipment in a well ventilated area. Gasoline vapors can build up without good ventilation .
- Store gasoline in an approved container only.
- Only use gasoline for fuel, not a cleaner or a fire starter.
Make sure to always check your smoke detectors twice a year. For more information of fire safety tips and statistics visit www.cdc.gov.