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Top Causes of Holiday Fires

Several posts ago we discussed some general fire safety tips to follow during the Christmas season. This time we’d like to discuss some objects that are the cause of holiday fires. Some of these items may or may not surprise you.

  • Candles: Candle-based fires occur four times more often during December than any other month. Unfortunately, some people leave candles unattended or they place flammable objects too close to this common source of holiday fires. Experts recommend that you blow out candles before you go to bed and that you consider using flameless LED candles.
  • Christmas Trees: According to the Building and Fire Research Laboratory of the National Institute for Standards and Technology, Christmas trees, even ones that are watered frequently, are nearly explosive when they catch fire. Experts recommend that consumers buy artificial trees that are made of flame-retardant materials.
  • Fireplaces: Experts recommend that you have your chimney inspected each holiday season to be sure that it is not blocked by soot or other obstruction.
  • Space heaters and radiators: As the temperature drops, it is only logical that people seek to warm themselves by using various heating devices. The problem comes when people ignore the safety rules that are included with these devices. Experts recommend that you keep objects at least 3 feet away from objects that may burn.
  • Lights: Everyone enjoys a nice light show at Christmas. The problem is that they can quickly ignite nearby objects or catch fire themselves depending on where they are placed and how they are used. As a reminder, never use string lights that appear damaged, cracked, or frayed.
  • Pots and pans: Naturally, most people log in quite a few kitchen hours during the holiday season. Be sure to have at least one operational smoke detector and fire extinguisher near the kitchen area. Also never leave foods unattended while you are cooking.holidays

As we said, some of these fire sources may not seem all that surprising but they are all worth monitoring to make sure that you have a safe holiday season. As a company that specializes in fire damage repair, we can tell you that it doesn’t take long for home fires to start and that once they do they can start a chain reaction of fire damage to your house, smoke damage, mold and water damage etc. Be safe this holiday season and use good sense and follow the directions that come with these common devices.

How to Protect your Pet from a House Fire

One of the most gut wrenching details to come out about the wildfires in our state is how it displaces both wild and domestic animals. Our furry friends are clueless of course about a situation that threatens their lives and turns their world upside down without a moment’s notice. More often than not we are responsible for these circumstances. Well, we know that as a loving pet parent you strive to keep your four-legged friend safe in all situations. Here, then are 5 steps to help keep your pets safe during and in the aftermath of a house fire.

  • Follow common sense safety rules: The first step to ensuring the safety of your pets from fire is to make sure that they themselves are not behind the cause of fire. Make sure that your pets are never left unattended around open fire or flame. They can easily knock over items such as lamps and candles and cause your house to catch fire. Moreover, since they are covered with fur they can easily catch fire themselves.
  • Make sure emergency responders know you have pets: Place a pet alert window sign near the entrance of your home to let first responders know that you have one or two pets at home that might need their help. Also, if you have a crated pet at home keep it near the door so that firefighters can easily reach it in an emergency.
  • Make a pet fire safety evacuation plan: According the American Red Cross, you may have as little as 2 minutes to escape to safety during a fire. Make sure that you know what you will do to take your pet to safety with you along with the rest of your family. Plan for its reaction to be quite different than that of the human members of your family.
  • Know where your pet is likely to hide: As we said, pets are likely to act quite differently than us during a fire. They may hide in a place that may or may not actually be safe. Thus, knowing where your pet might hide when it is scared may save its life in the event of an actual fire.house fire
  • Make sure pets aren’t lost during evacuation: Microchip your pet before fire starts so that you will be able to locate it during an evacuation.

What other ways do you keep your dog safe from fires? What is included in your emergency plan to get your dog to safety quickly? Contact us and let us know. Our company handles fire damage repair and want to be sure that all humans and animals are safe in the event of a fire emergency. Fire damage house situations can also lead to water and mold damage and health problems for those who return in the aftermath of a fire.

How to Protect your Pet from a House Fire

One of the most gut wrenching details to come out about the wildfires in our state is how it displaces both wild and domestic animals. Our furry friends are clueless of course about a situation that threatens their lives and turns their world upside down without a moment’s notice. More often than not we are responsible for these circumstances. Well, we know that as a loving pet parent you strive to keep your four-legged friend safe in all situations. Here, then are 5 steps to help keep your pets safe during and in the aftermath of a house fire.

  • Follow common sense safety rules: The first step to ensuring the safety of your pets from fire is to make sure that they themselves are not behind the cause of fire. Make sure that your pets are never left unattended around open fire or flame. They can easily knock over items such as lamps and candles and cause your house to catch fire. Moreover, since they are covered with fur they can easily catch fire themselves.
  • Make sure emergency responders know you have pets: Place a pet alert window sign near the entrance of your home to let first responders know that you have one or two pets at home that might need their help. Also, if you have a crated pet at home keep it near the door so that firefighters can easily reach it in an emergency.
  • Make a pet fire safety evacuation plan: According the American Red Cross, you may have as little as 2 minutes to escape to safety during a fire. Make sure that you know what you will do to take your pet to safety with you along with the rest of your family. Plan for its reaction to be quite different than that of the human members of your family.
  • Know where your pet is likely to hide: As we said, pets are likely to act quite differently than us during a fire. They may hide in a place that may or may not actually be safe. Thus, knowing where your pet might hide when it is scared may save its life in the event of an actual fire.house fire
  • Make sure pets aren’t lost during evacuation: Microchip your pet before fire starts so that you will be able to locate it during an evacuation.

What other ways do you keep your dog safe from fires? What is included in your emergency plan to get your dog to safety quickly? Contact us and let us know. Our company handles fire damage repair and want to be sure that all humans and animals are safe in the event of a fire emergency. Fire damage house situations can also lead to water and mold damage and health problems for those who return in the aftermath of a fire.

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