It’s the time of year when we plan romantic evenings to celebrate love. Often times this includes a cozy fire in the fireplace, candlelit tables, and home cooked meals. You can make it a night to remember, just don’t let your flaming heart and your best-laid plans translate into an accidental house fire! Keep reading for Home Fire Prevention tips that will let you focus on your romantic evening while protecting your home.
Home Fire Prevention Tips
Ready, Set, Romance! One of the first things that comes to mind when planning a romantic evening is candles. The gentle flickering and subtle glow of a candle’s flame helps us relax and shed the regular thoughts of our busy days. Unfortunately, burning candles are the cause of many preventable home fires each year. However, you don’t have to shy away from lighting your sweetheart’s favorite candle. Follow these simple tips to keep your home safe and your hearts burning:
Keep lit candles safely away from all flammable materials.
Never leave a burning candle unattended.
If your candle is in a holder, be sure it’s not only sturdy but is placed where it won’t be easily knocked over. You don’t want to raise your glass to toast your love and accidentally knock over a candle.
Now that the candles are safely lit and placed, it’s time to get your fireplace burning with that cozy fire to cuddle up next to. These simple tips help you focus on the comfy feeling your fireplace can provide and not on quickly extinguishing a home fire or your love:
Keep your chimney clean with annual, professional cleanings.
The area within 3 feet of your fireplace needs to be free of all flammable items.
Remove ash build up regularly.
Let ashes cool before removing them.
When a fire is burning in your fireplace keep a fire screen up, preventing flying sparks from entering the room.
The mood has been set, you’ve followed all the safety tips for your evening fire and your flickering candles and you can start that recipe that’s sure to show your sweetheart that you’ve got them on your mind. More home fires start in the kitchen than anywhere else in the home. Follow these tips to keep your love simmering and your home safe:
Never leave cooking food unattended. Grease splatters can easily ignite a fire that can get out of control quickly.
Don’t wear loose-fitting clothing when cooking. Long sleeves or a loose top can catch fire.
Keep all flammable items well away from your cooking area. Wooden utensils, pot holders, and dishcloths should be kept away from the stove unless actively in use.
Set a timer. This helps your love-focused brain remember that you’ve got something in the oven.
Always double check that your stove and burners are off after you’re finished cooking.
Even the best intentions can be met with accidents and fires can start quickly. Be sure you have proper fire insurance for yourself, your home and your property. Peace of mind allows you to relax and enjoy the romance of the season better than anything else.
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