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Home Maintenance  /  December 14, 2022

How to Be Fire-Smart This Winter

The winter season is a time when many people turn to their fireplaces and space heaters to stay warm. While these can be great sources of heat, they can also be a fire hazard if not used properly. Here are some tips on how to be fire-smart this winter and stay safe.

  1. Keep your home in good repair.

One of the best ways to prevent a fire in your home is to keep it in good repair. This means fixing any electrical or heating issues right away and not letting them go. It’s also important to keep your chimney clean and clear of any debris. If you find that there are electrical or heating issues, make sure to call a professional.

  1. Install and maintain a smoke alarm.

Another great way to prevent a fire is to have a working smoke alarm in your home. Be sure to test it regularly and replace the batteries as needed.

  1. Be careful with space heaters.

If you’re using a space heater to stay warm this winter, follow all the manufacturer’s instructions. Place it on a level surface and keep it away from curtains and furniture.

  1. Keep flammable objects away from heat sources.

It’s also important to keep any flammable objects away from heat sources in your home. This includes things like newspapers, lighters, and matches. If you have a fireplace, keep a screen in front of it to prevent any sparks from escaping.

  1. Never leave fires unattended.

If you’re using a fireplace or space heater, never leave it unattended. Extinguish the fire completely before going to bed or leaving the house.

  1. Have a fire escape plan.

In case of a fire, it’s important to have a plan in place so everyone in your home knows what to do. Practice your escape route and make sure everyone knows where to meet outside. Don’t forget to have a working fire extinguisher on hand just in case.

By following these tips, you can help prevent a fire in your home this winter. If you do have any repair or maintenance needs, call the experts at Handyman Connection of Mason. We’ll be happy to help keep your home safe and sound all season long. Contact us at (513) 733-3777 or fill out our online form to get started.

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