With Colder Weather Comes Fire Risk
Seasonal traditions like Thanksgiving and Christmas require adjustments to our daily routines as the thermometer drops in the region. With these changes come unwanted risks including fire hazards from additional holiday lights, candles and cooking. Below, we list some preventative measures you can take now in order to prepare for the colder seasons.
- Change the batteries in your smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors. This process should be completed on an annual basis, preferably at Daylight Savings Time or the beginning of a new season to ensure your home and business is safe and prepared for potential emergencies.
- Check your heaters and HVAC systems for signs of failure and damage. Heating systems pose a significant threat of fire damage during the fall and winter months, so preparation and HVAC system inspections are critical in order to eliminate the risk of fire or lack of heat in your home. Any space heaters should be also be placed away from items that pose a risk such as clothing.
- Fireplaces should be inspected annually to ensure they do not pose a risk, and combustible materials should be kept a safe distance away.
- Clear your roof and gutters of debris that can collect and pose a risk if ignited.
- Do not leave a fire of any kind unattended.
As colder weather ushers in to the metro-east region of Illinois, so does the risk of fires in your home or business. SERVPRO of Lincoln wants to remind you about safe practices and safety precautions this fall and winter. Along with many other preventative measures you can take, these steps are critical in helping to keep you, your family safe.
If your home or business does experience a fire damage event of any size, our team is here for immediate assistance. Our fire restoration professionals can handle the entire restoration and reconstruction process for you in order to help ease the stress that often comes with these types of disasters. For more information, give us a call at (402)466-4004.