On Valentine’s day, sometimes it’s nice to switch things up by staying home. Enjoying a candlelit dinner and exchanging gifts while being in the comfort of your home is a subtle, relaxing way to celebrate the holiday. If you plan on celebrating Valentine’s Day at home, then this is a must-read. Here are some residential fire safety tips to keep in mind as you spread the love.
Handle Candles With Care
Candles are an excellent way to give any room a warm ambiance. If you’re going to use candles during the holiday, or any day, make sure that you never walk away from them. Blow them out if you’re going to leave the room as well as when you’re going to bed. You should keep candles at least 12 inches away from anything that could catch fire. Most candle fires start from being too close to anything flammable or combustible.
People often inadvertently knock over candles. If you want to prevent this, we suggest that they sit in sturdy metal, glass, or ceramic candle holder nowhere near the edge of a table or counter. If there are oxygen tanks present in a home, it’s best not to use candles. One surefire (pun intended) to promote residential fire safety is to buy battery-operated candles. They still help create a warm and loving ambiance without the risk.
Clean Fireplaces Prevent Fires
Fireplaces are an excellent addition to a home, especially on Valentine’s Day. Make sure that you have a professional chimney cleaning company inspect your fireplace and chimney each year and clean it as well. A screen blocks rolling logs and protects you, your loved one, and your home from flying sparks. As far as the ashes, you can use a non-combustible covered container as well as cover them with water. Make sure that the ashes are no longer hot before going to bed.
Cook with Care on Valentine’s Day
Cooking is the top cause of residential fires. Some safe practices are to make sure that frozen food fully defrosts before you add it to hot oil. Also, you shouldn’t away from the stove or oven while you’re cooking. Make this Valentine’s Day a safe one by promoting residential fire safety!
Commercial and Residential Fire Prevention from Judd Fire Protection
If you want to ensure your home and business are safe throughout the year, trust Judd Fire Protection, LLC. We have over two decades of experience in designing, installing, inspecting, and repairing residential and commercial fire protection systems. We serve clients throughout Maryland, Pennsylvania, Washington, D.C., Virginia, and West Virginia. If you are interested in finding out more about our services and protecting your home and business, give us a call at 410-871-3480 or contact us online. For more fire safety tips, follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest.