Decorating Tips to Keep Your Home Safe From Fires | SERVPRO® of Van Nuys South
Close your eyes and imagine this: holiday lights shining brightly while Christmas music plays, with the smell of baked goods that have just left the oven. It’s a wonderful time of year, but this season can also bring fire hazards that often go overlooked.
California is not the location you think of when the term “winter wonderland” pops up, but that doesn’t mean we don’t have events to celebrate the season. There are a number of fun activities this winter, like the Wicked Weekend Creepman Market happening in late November.
Before going out and enjoying the festivities, take preventive measures to protect your home and your loved ones. These actions will allow you to cherish the memories while not worrying about whether flames may rise in your home.
Each year, fire departments in the United States respond to 790 structural fires that are caused by decorations. These lovely items become dangerous hazards when placed too close to heating sources like fireplaces and space heaters.
Christmas trees and candles can also be dangerous, but having your artificial tree certified as fire-resistant is a start. Real trees need constant water and cleaning to ensure no needles pile up beneath.
“The stocking were hung by the chimney with care” is more than just a well-written line. Think about this when putting your decorations up, and never place anything near an open flame.
Approximately 20 house fires per day are started by candles, so check that yours are placed properly and blown out before walking away. Additionally, have your fireplace checked if your home has one, as a buildup of soot can cause your risk to rise.
Ensure that your outdoor decorations are rated for this usage, and hang them the right way to stop lights from drooping down and igniting the bushes.
Inspect your smoke detectors frequently and ensure you have full coverage by installing one in each bedroom and level of the home. Use spare time to practice a fire safety plan with your family, and contact SERVPRO of Van Nuys South immediately when you need assistance after a house fire.
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