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Let’s Try Out These Suggestions to Protect Against Holiday Fire Risks

Let’s Try Out These Suggestions to Protect Against Holiday Fire Risks

Let’s not let fire ruin our holidays.

The holidays are all about family, fun, and togetherness.  The last thing any of us want is a major house fire ruining our holiday spirit.  Unfortunately, our risk for a house fire increases considerably during the holiday season.  To ensure that we do not fall victim to a damaging fire, here are some of the precautions that we should take.

  • We should never leave our kitchen unattended while the stove or oven is in use. As cooking emergencies are the top cause of holiday house fires, it’s important that we monitor our kitchens during the cooking process to watch out for fire risks.
  • To further reduce our chance for cooking fires, we should also be sure to remove flammable items away from our stoves and ovens. For instance, we should keep potholders, paper products, and wooden utensils away from the heat.
  • We should also keep a fire extinguisher within easy reach of our kitchen for emergency fire situations.
  • When decorating our homes for the holidays, we should avoid using real candles. The open flames can easily set furniture, carpeting, curtains, or other decorations of fire.  To reduce our fire risk, we should use electric candles or other flameless alternatives to decorate.
  • Before using decorative lights around our homes, we should inspect them for damages. We should discard any lights that have cracked bulbs, exposed wires, or frayed cords as they pose a major fire risk to our homes.
  • We should be careful not to plug more than three strands of lights into a single outlet or extension cord as this could cause them to overheat and could potentially set off a fire.
  • When decorating the outside of our homes, we need to be sure that we are using lights specifically designed for outdoor use. Indoor lights are not built to withstand weather conditions, and could malfunction after exposure to cold temperatures and moisture; these damaged lights could then spark a fire.

We at The Maria Sanchez Show encourage you to try out these fire safety tips to keep your home and loved ones safe this holiday season.  Don’t forget to check out our latest program, Shadow Politics with Senator Michael D. Brown.  Tune in on Sundays at 4:00 p.m. PST/7:00 p.m. EST.

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