Avoid Fire and Smoke Damage This Holiday Season With 7 Easy Tips
With the holidays over, it’s time to get back into the swing of things for the year ahead. That means getting all the decorations put away properly until it’s time to bring them out next winter.
While everyone has their own process when it comes to taking down holiday decorations, there’s one thing we should all focus on – safety. More specifically, we should all be mindful of how we take down decorations and store them so that we can avoid fire and smoke damage.
Are you getting ready to put all of your holiday decor away? If so, make sure to follow the below easy tips so that you can avoid fire and smoke damage in your home.
Fire and smoke damage prevention
It may seem weird to consider fire and smoke damage prevention when taking down holiday decor but the two go hand in hand. Below are 7 tips to follow when putting decorations away so that you can prevent potential fire and smoke damage in your home.
Clean your chimney
If you have a working fireplace, chances are you’ve used it several times during the holidays. If so, your chimney is probably covered in soot and debris from those fires. Therefore, you should consider cleaning your chimney when taking down holiday decorations and putting your home back into normal order. By doing so, you are clearing out any potential blockages that may cause fire and smoke damage in the event of an emergency.
Never leave a fire unattended
Do you like to have a cozy fire in the fireplace? If so, don’t ever leave a fire in your hearth unattended. This one is a no-brainer but just in case you didn’t know – fires in the hearth can cause issues if you let them grow too big or the chimney hasn’t been cared for properly. Therefore, make sure the chimney is open and clear and that your fire is an appropriate size.
Use space heaters sparingly
Just because the holidays are over doesn’t mean the temps are going to rise! Before you pull out all the space heaters, though, make sure that you’re aware of their safety risks. Not only do space heaters cause potential CO2 spikes but they can also cause fires if knocked over or left to overheat. Never leave a space heater on in an unattended room or for long periods of time. Also make sure they’re in a well-ventilated space and that you check on them often for signs of overheating.
Replace all smoke detector batteries
When putting holiday decor away, you should also make a habit of replacing the batteries in all of your smoke detectors. This will ensure that you are alerted of any fires you have or any smoke that may occur in your home.
Inspect all lights before storing them
Before storing all of your holiday lights for another year, make sure to take the time and inspect them all. Look for broken lights, torn wires, and any other signs of damage. If you store these lights without making sure they’re safe, you could be putting your home at risk for fires when you put them up next year.
Avoid using candles
Did you get a few candles over the holidays? If so, make sure to use them with caution! Candles are fun. They smell good, they add to decor, and they generally promote a good mood. However, they are still flammable. Never light a candle in a room and leave it unattended and don’t let children play with them. Doing so goes a long way in fire and smoke damage prevention.
Dispose of the tree properly
Nowadays, people are turning towards artificial trees for their home. However, there are still plenty of people who enjoy the tradition of choosing a fresh tree for their holiday festivities. If you and your family had a real tree this season, make sure to dispose of it properly when putting your decorations away. Christmas trees, especially ones that are at the end of their lifespan, are dry and can cause unexpected house fires if they aren’t removed and disposed of.
Many communities offer free tree removal. If yours has this service, we highly recommend using it. If not, make sure the tree stays away from your home in a sealed container until it’s collected by the trash company.
If you do experience a fire, don’t worry. It happens and your safety is all that matters in the end! At Allied 24/7 Restoration, we know that more than anyone. We are fire restoration experts and can get your home back to the way it was in no time. We can handle the stressful details so that all you need to do is focus on moving past the incident and taking care of your family.
If you’re in need of fire restoration services for any fire or smoke damage in your home, don’t pick just anyone. Contact us at Allied 24/7 Restoration today!