As you look forward to the holidays, don’t forget about these common holiday fire hazards that can cause serious damage to your home. ServiceMaster of Baltimore has helped families and business owners recover from disasters in the Baltimore area for over 60 years, and we want to help you avoid major cleanups this holiday season. Keep reading to find out how to prevent these 3 common fire hazards.
Thanksgiving Kitchen Fires
On a holiday focused around food, it’s no surprise that Thanksgiving has the highest number of kitchen fires. In fact, there’s a 259 percent increase in cooking-related home fires on Thanksgiving compared to other days in the year, while fires on Christmas are 72 percent higher. More cooks in the kitchen around a busy stove and oven dramatically increases the risk of kitchen fire on Thanksgiving.
The increased risk is not limited to indoors, either. Many people deep fry their turkeys on Thanksgiving, and it’s critical to understand deep fryer safety practices to prevent tragedy on the holiday. Keep the fryer away from flammable items and always read the manufacturer’s instructions. To keep the kitchen safe, never leave the oven or stove unoccupied and keep pan lids handy to smother the flame. Be careful not to use water to put out a grease fire, as that can make the flames even larger.
According to the Federal Emergency Management Agency and U.S. Fire Administration, more than a third of home decoration fires are started by candles. More home fires occur in the colder months, and the holidays especially increase the risk of a home fire because of the higher use of candles.
Stay safe while enjoying candles by keeping them at least 12 inches away from anything that burns. Don’t forget to keep the area above a lit candle clear as well! Heat sources like radiators and space heaters can also pose a risk of a home fire when placed too close to decorations or other flammable items.
Dry Christmas Trees
Many families enjoy the ambiance, scents, and experience of having a live tree in their homes, but it’s important to keep the tree from drying out. Always keep your Christmas tree properly watered and far enough away from heat sources like vents, space heaters, candles, and fireplaces to avoid starting a fire. Tree fires are uncommon, but they can be deadly because of how quickly they burn when they are too dry. Be sure to properly dispose of the tree soon after the holiday to prevent the tree from drying out.
Fire Cleanup in Baltimore, MD
If you’re dealing with the aftermath of a home fire, call us at 410-780-1700 for emergency service to start the cleanup process. We know how devastating fire damage can be to your life and we are here to help! Contact us today.