Are you ready to celebrate the winter holiday season? Before you celebrate with all the holiday cheer, there are some fire safety tips you should remember. December and January are peak months for home fires, and most fires are started by cooking equipment, heaters, or electrical cords and lights. Griffin is committed to keeping you safe and your HVAC system running at its best.
Fire Prevention in the Home
• Before the holidays, inspect your oven, stovetop, or microwave and make sure they're in good condition.
• Check your smoke alarms and replace the batteries if needed.
• Never leave your food unattended during cooking.
• Keep flammable items like paper plates or pot holders away from hot surfaces.
• Keep a fire extinguisher handy. Remember, NEVER pour water on a grease fire!
2. Space heaters
• Throughout the winter months, check the heater carefully for frayed wires, rusted spots, broken panels, etc.
• If the heater's in good condition, make sure to read the instructions before operation.
• Plug it directly into the wall and keep the heater at least 3 feet from anything flammable.
• Check on it occasionally when it's running, and shut it down immediately if you detect any strange smells.
3. Power cords
• Buy strips from a reputable brand and toss out any that are frayed, cracked, or blackened.
• Do not stack multiple power strips together.
• Don't staple power cords to the wall; you could damage the wires' insulation.
• Never use an indoors power strip outside; wet weather can cause shorts and trigger fires.
• Check that the cords aren't being pinched or snagged under doors or furniture.
• Limit the amount of time you keep the lights on.
• Keep your home warm and safe for the holidays
Let the Experts Keep Your Home Warm and Safe
When in doubt, ask a reputable agency like Griffin Heating and Air conditioning to service your heating devices. Contact us today and one of our expert technicians answer any questions and schedule an equipment checkup.