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Winter Safety Tips

Posted by Dan Flaherty on 18 December 2015 | 0 Comments

This is the time of the year to be thinking about stocking stuffers, mistletoe and holiday soirees - not dealing with an emergency clean up from an  insurance claim. The team at Flaherty Insurance has dealt with numerous house fires during the Holiday Season.  I hope this post helps you understand common mistakes and tips on how to keep your family safe for the holiday season. 

Did you know 75% of house fires happen during the Holiday Season?  The reason for this is Candles.  The top three days for home candle fires happen to be Christmas, New Year’s Day, and Christmas Eve. We have a few tips for you to remove the risk of causing a fire. 

Do not leave a burning candle unattended.  You are asking for trouble.

If you leave the room, blow out the candles.

Make sure candle holders are made of fire resistant materials and are not broken or bent. Many fire start when the candle falls out of the holder and ignites the surface it is on.

Keep children away from candles.

Keep the candles away from Christmas trees and other decorative greens.

Keep candles away from anything easily ignitable like decorations, curtains, walls, cabinets, and furniture.

Blow the candles out long before you are going to bed. This will reduce the chance that you fall asleep and leave them burning. 

Keep candles at least 24 inches from anything combustible.

You may also have your fireplace checked if you do not use on a regular basis. Cracks in the masonry, or even blockages due to animals nesting in your chimney can lead to smoke puff back or chimney fires.

Enjoy your Holiday and have a safe New Years Eve !


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