How Fires Can Start in the Winter in Your El Paso Home
When the temperature drops, we are more inclined to stay inside. Not to mention we are in the middle of a pandemic on top of the cold winter weather. According to the Red Cross house fires increase in the fall and winter months. Here are our top reasons why:
Cooking Not only are many major holidays in the fall and winter which require a lot of baking and cooking, people often use the oven and stove just to heat up their homes.
Space heaters Many homes don't come equipped heat so we often opt for space heaters or fireplaces. Heating errors cause fires at the second-highest rate during the winter, which is why it is important to ensure the safety features on any heaters are working and that a fireplace is never used without its protective grate.
Candles and Decorations Candles are a huge source of fires in homes. Additionally, many electrical components of décor can deteriorate if they are used only once per year, leading to an increased opportunity for electrical fires.
- Check smoke alarms once every 30 days and replace every 10 years.
- Always monitor open flames.
- Select space heaters with automatic shut-offs in case they tip over.
- Utilize a screen every time you use a fireplace.
- Draft and practice an emergency escape plan with your household.
If your home has been impacted by a fire, call us right away. We are leaders in restoration and can help you recover quickly after a fire occurs.