Celebrate with Peace of Mind This Holiday Season | SERVPRO® of Pueblo
It’s time to start planning for the holiday season! While things may look a little different this year, many Americans will still be planning family meals, decorating their homes and trying to make the most of this festive time.
While you’re preparing for the holidays, don’t let these tips slip your mind. They’ll help you keep your home safe from fire risks—and allow you to enjoy the season.
Fire Risks to Watch for This Thanksgiving
According to a leading insurance provider, 47% of all home fires start while cooking.
These tips from the National Fire Protection Association can help you keep your kitchen safer while you’re preparing Thanksgiving dinner.
Keep an eye on the stove. We’re all tempted to let pots simmer and turkeys roast while we catch up with friends or family members. But the truth is that fires can start on the stove or in the oven if they’re not being monitored. Not only will watching the stove help you serve a tastier meal, but it will also help you prevent kitchen fires.
Be mindful of where you’re burning candles. Lots of people love the warm, pumpkin-scented candles that have recently become synonymous with fall. While keeping a few lit during a meal can delight guests, be sure you’ve placed them somewhere small children can’t reach them. Also, please don’t leave them burning unattended.
Check your cords and appliances. Your kitchen works overtime to prepare for Thanksgiving. Place your cords in ways that don’t pose a tripping hazard to children darting into the kitchen or busy cooks working on completing their dishes. These appliances can be a fire hazard if they’re pulled off the counter or malfunction.
Celebrate Christmas Safely
When it’s time to decorate your home, be sure you keep fire safety at the top of mind. By just being intentional about how you place your decorations (and continuing to keep an eye on your kitchen), you can go a long way toward reducing your house fire risk.
Stay smart in the kitchen. Many families enjoy a large Christmas meal, too. Be sure you watch boiling pots and the ham in the stove carefully.
Keep your tree away from heat sources. As a general rule, you’ll want to be sure your tree is several feet away from heat sources in your home. These can include fireplaces (wood-burning or gas), vents and space heaters.
Turn the lights off when you leave. Holiday lights look inviting from your window at night, but leaving them on when you’re not home can raise your house fire risk.
We’re Here to Help
Even the most diligent homeowners can sometimes have an accident or an unforeseen circumstance regarding a house fire. If it happens to your home, we’re available any time day or night to help you start repairing the damage and restoring your home.
Our team is available to help 24⁄7 when you have a fire emergency, so don’t hesitate to call us if you need us.