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Preventing Winter House Fires

11/9/2021 (Permalink)

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The threat of a home catching on fire is the greatest during the winter months? Half of all home fires occur during the months of December, January and February. 1 in 7 house fires is a result of malfunctioning or misused heating equipment.

Here are some tips to keep your home safe while keeping warm during the winter.

  • Have your fireplace, heating vents and dryer vents inspected and cleaned by a professional every year.
  • If you use your fireplace, make sure you clean after every use. Dispose of ashes correctly by placing them in a metal can at least ten feet from the house.
  • Keep anything that can burn at least three feet from any heat source like fireplaces, wood stoves, radiators, or space heaters
  • Plug only one heat-producing appliance (such as a space heater) into an electrical outlet at a time.
  • If portable generators are needed, keep them outside, away from windows and as far away as possible from your home. Make sure someone is home to supervise.
  • Install and test carbon monoxide alarms at least once a month.

These are simple but effective steps to take to safeguard your home against a fire this winter season.

Remember, SERVPRO of Hattiesburg can clean fire, smoke, and soot damage to make it “Like it never even happened.” Give us a call at 601-544-0512.

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