New Year’s Fire Safety Tips
With New Year’s Eve just around the corner, it’s important to be aware of proper fire safety tips to make sure your celebration goes off without a hitch. Many times people can get distracted with hosting duties during the holidays, and can forget about basic fire safety guidelines. We’re sharing a few helpful tips to make sure your New Year’s celebration is a successful one.
1. Check all smoke alarms. If it has been a while since you’ve checked your smoke alarms, now is a good time to do so. Make sure all of them have been tested and are in proper working order. Have extra batteries on hand in case they need to be replaced.
2. Pay attention while cooking. If you are hosting a New Year’s Eve dinner, it’s important to always pay attention when you are cooking. Never leave cooking food unattended, and keep any flammable materials away from any open flames - like a cooktop. While this may seem like common sense, it’s easy to forget these simple guidelines while entertaining your guests.
3. Be aware of the placement of space heaters. If you are planning on providing space heaters to warm up your home, pay close attention to their placement. Space heaters should be at least 3 feet from any potentially flammable materials. Curtains, rugs, clothing, and furniture could catch fire if exposed to so much heat.
4. Make a plan for fireworks. If you are planning on lighting off fireworks when the clock strikes midnight, make sure you have a plan to extinguish any fires that could be caused as a result. As a general rule, don’t light any fireworks near houses or buildings. We suggest having a bucket of water and fire extinguisher nearby in case they are needed.
Using common sense during the holiday is important to make sure you and your guests are able to enjoy a safe New Year’s Eve this year. We hope you have a great one!