Potential Fire Risks in Your Home – Part 2

When it’s cold outside, you need to keep your home warm, but you also want to keep it safe. Here’s what to look for when using space heaters and fireplaces.

Heater fire hazards

Flammable materials and dust bunnies near space heaters can easily ignite and create a quick-spreading fire. And while fire places may be designed to contain fire, they sill require caution and regular maintenance to effectively manage flames, embers and smoke.

Heater fire safety tips

Sweep dust bunnies regularly.

Place your heater a minimum of three feet from all flammable items.

Use the 1:1 rule – only plug one heating appliance into an electrical outlet at a time.

Unplug appliances and completely put out fires in the fireplace before you leave home.

Call a professional to check and clean your chimney at least once a year.

Use a fireplace screen to prevent hot embers from flying out and catching your possessions on fire.

Use extension cords as needed so you only have one appliance connected to each wall outlet.

Electrical fire hazards

Outdated appliances, faulty outlets and damaged cords can all spark electrical fires – and the risks are easy to miss if you aren’t looking for them.

Electrical fire safety tips

DO NOT use any cords with exposed or frayed wires.

DO NOT run cords under rugs or carpets.

DO NOT use bulbs that exceed the manufacturer’s recommended wattage for lamps and light fixtures.

Use extension cords as needed so you only have one appliance connected to each wall outlet.

Unplug electronics when not in use, including holiday lights.

Look for testing labels that certify the safety of your electrical appliances and equipment. If an appliance is old or the safety label is missing, consider getting a professional inspection or replacement.




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