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Avoid Needing Fire Damage Cleanup With These 5 Tips

Our fire damage cleanup crew offers tips to keep your home safe over the winter holidays.

Our fire damage cleanup crew offers tips to keep your home safe over the winter holidays.

Everyone loves a warm, festive home over the holidays. There’s nothing like bundling up next to a cozy fire, or putting up lights and ornaments. To ensure you can snuggle up in safety and enjoy the holidays to the fullest, our fire damage cleanup crew has some helpful tips that will protect your home from potential fires.

1. Keep your Christmas tree well watered

Putting up a Christmas tree is a favourite tradition for many Canadian families. If you opt for a real tree, be sure to give it a constant water source to prevent it from drying out and becoming a potential fire hazard.

2. Don’t overload electrical circuits

Some homeowners like to harness their inner Clark W. Griswold when putting up Christmas lights. It’s great to get into the holiday spirit, just try not to plug all of your lights and electrical devices into a single circuit. Also, while you’re in decorating mode, take time to inspect your light strands and electrical cords for any signs of broken or exposed wires.

HINT: Not only are modern LED lights safer, they require less power to operate, which will help you save money in the long run.

3. Maintain a safe distance from space heaters

If you use space heaters to provide additional warmth in winter, our fire damage cleaup professionals recommend that you keep your tree, decorations and other flammable items at least several feet away.

Space heaters are also useful for avoiding burst pipes in winter, to learn more about this, read our post: 5 Tips to Winterizing Your Home.

4. Be very careful with candles

While candles certainly lend an air of nostalgia to your holiday home décor, it’s important to remember that they also pose a very real fire risk. It’s never a good idea to leave an exposed flame unattended, so be sure to snuff them out before you head out anywhere, and especially before you go to bed.

5. Test your smoke detector

In the event that a fire does happen, you want to have as much advance notice as possible so you and your family can escape safely. That’s exactly what a smoke detector is designed to do. Fire and smoke restoration companies highly recommend that you take the time to test your detector every month and replace the battery once a year.

If you’ve been the victim of a house fire, talk to the fire damage cleanup professionals at Proserve! With highly trained teams and designated project managers, you’re always in good hands with us.