Statistically, the peak months for home fires are between December and February. Fires can spike on Saturdays and Sundays between 6:00 pm and 7:00 pm.
Here are some tips to keep your home safe.
ONLY BURN DRY WOOD
- using treated or painted wood will increase the risk of fire by giving off chemicals
- make sure wood is completely dry
CLEAN YOUR CHIMNEY
- should be cleaned at least twice a year
- also, before lighting the fireplace for the first make sure it is free from obstructions etc.
CHECK SMOKE DETECTOR BATTERIES
- in the winter months, they should be checked once a month
USE A SCREEN IN FRONT OF YOUR FIREPLACE
- if you have carpeting or wood floors in front of your fireplace, use a screen to prevent logs from rolling out or sparks from igniting carpets.
CHECK WATER HEATER
- as they age, the element or thermostat can wear out which could cause a flash fire, especially in a windy area.
CLEAN OUT DRYER VENTS
- you should clean out the duct connected to the back of the dryer at least once a year. Flammable lint can collect in there.
ADD FIREWOOD SLOWLY
- you are better to add firewood slowly instead of all at once.
OPEN DAMPER AND FIREPLACE DOORS
- it is important to keep the fireplace doors and damper open to circulate the heat through the room.
KEEP HEATED AREAS CLEAR
- don't place anything in front of a fireplace or space heater. It could cause a fire.