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As it gets colder outside, we make the inside of our homes and offices warmer, resulting in an increase chance of fires from various possible hazards. In addition to space heaters and personal warmers, which are a common fire hazard, here are other common causes of fire.

 

 Candles

 

Candles
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Are you a candle fanatic unable to leave a store without bringing home nice-smelling goodies? Even if your candle consumption is on the moderate end, you probably burn at least one or two candles to set the holiday mood with fir tree or peppermint scents. But even one candle can cause a fire. Follow these tips to stay safe:

  • Never leave candles unattended, especially container-less pillar candles.
  • Don’t use real candles outside where wind and wild animals can easily knock them over – opt for flameless candles for your porch and walkway.
  • Place candles where children and pets can’t reach them and make sure that any flammable objects (lamp shades, Christmas trees, décor, etc.) are at least a foot away.

 

Fireplaces

Fireplaces

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Fireplaces have a tendency to gather people – not only because they are warm and toasty, but because there’s something magical about having friends and family converse over the flaming logs. Whether you have an indoor fire place, an outdoor one or a fire pit that you use for bonfires – be sure to follow the safety rules to avoid fires:

  • Perform annual chimney inspection and sweep to remove creosote buildup.
  • Never use flammable liquids, such as gasoline or kerosene, to start a fire.
  • Keep firewood on a safe distance from the fire.
  • Use the spark guard for indoor fireplaces
  • Don’t leave fire unattended and always extinguish it completely before going to bed.

 

Ovens, Ranges and Small Appliances

Ovens

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For some people, holiday season means visiting family and friends and getting a taste of every turkey and deviled eggs in the neighborhood. But someone has to cook all this food! So if you plan on spending a great deal of time rotating between the stove and the sink, keep in mind these cooking safety tips:

  • Don’t leave your stove alone for more than 5 minutes.
  • Promptly clean any spills before they get caked onto the cooktop, as food remains can catch fire.
  • Do your best to stay organized and focused: don’t leave towels, wooden utensils or recipe books next to the burners.
  • Use timers to prevent your meals from burning and phone alarms to remind you there’s something cooking.
  • Never use oven or cooktop for domestic heating purposes.
  • Be careful with turkey fryers and grills – don’t use them indoors, in a garage or around flammable surfaces.

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