The holiday season is a magical time full of laughter, love, and cherished memories with family and friends. However, amidst all the festivities, it’s important to be aware of the increased risk of house fires.
With approximately 7,130 residential fires per year with an average injury rate of 70.8 injuries per 1,000 fires and an average death rate of 10.9 deaths per 1,000 fires in Canada
With candles, cooking appliances, and holiday lights in abundance, the chances of an accidental fire are higher than usual. So, while you deck the halls and enjoy the warmth of the season, don’t forget to take precautions to keep your home and loved ones safe.
Sit back and grab your Coffee as we share some essential fire safety tips to help you prevent house fires and ensure your holiday season stays merry and bright.
Tips To Help You Prevent House Fires
Check Your Smoke Detectors
Before the holiday season begins, make sure that your smoke detectors are working correctly. Test them to ensure that they will sound an alarm in the event of a fire. Replace batteries if needed, and consider installing additional detectors if necessary.
Be Careful with Candles
Candles are a popular way to add a festive touch to your home during the holidays. However, they can also be a fire hazard if not used safely. Keep candles away from flammable objects, such as curtains or holiday decorations, and never leave them unattended. Consider using battery-operated candles as a safer alternative.
Cooking is a significant cause of house fires, especially during the holiday season. Never leave food unattended on the stove or in the oven, and keep flammable objects, such as oven mitts or paper towels, away from the stove. Make sure that your stove and oven are clean and in good condition, and use a timer to keep track of cooking times.
Use Holiday Lights Safely
Holiday lights can add a festive touch to your home, but they can also be a fire hazard if not used safely. Check all lights before use to make sure that they are in good condition and not frayed or damaged. Use lights that have been certified by a safety organization, and never overload electrical outlets. Always turn off the holiday lights when leaving the house or going to bed.
Have a Plan in Place
In the event of a fire, having a plan in place can help you and your loved ones stay safe. Make sure that everyone in your household knows how to evacuate the home in the event of a fire, and designate a meeting place outside. Keep important documents, such as insurance policies and identification, in a fireproof safe or off-site location.
By following these fire safety tips, you can help reduce the risk of a house fire during the holiday season. However, accidents can still happen, and that’s why having homeowner’s insurance is essential. LLP Insurance provides coverage for fire damage and can help you get back on your feet if the worst should happen.
If you don’t have homeowner’s insurance, now is the time to get coverage. Contact us at LLP Insurance to learn more about our policies and how we can help you protect your home and your loved ones this holiday season. Don’t let a fire ruin your holiday – take steps to prevent fires and get the coverage you need today.