Holiday season staples like festive decorations, candles and holiday light shows are among the biggest fire risks. These holiday hallmarks can quickly turn the most wonderful time of year into a devastating time. It’s crucial to be aware of potential fire risks while decorating and entertaining. A code compliant and properly maintained fire alarm system in your building can help ensure a happy and safe holiday season.
Fire risks during the holidays:
- Heating equipment
- Increased usage of candles and open flames
- Extra heat sources for example, space heaters and fireplaces
- Increased usage of electrical outlets
- Holiday lights
- Flammable decorations
The threat of a fire exists all year round, but fires occur more in the winter than any other season according to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA). The cold weather has many people using secondary heat sources to keep warm. If misused, these secondary heat sources can be dangerous. Candles are an open flame that can easily ignite other objects, paying attention to the hazards that cause a fire can help avoid problems before they start.
Tips to improve fire safety in your building this winter:
- Don’t overload electrical outlets with plugs
- Keep objects at least 3 feet away from heat sources
- Turn off lights and blow out candles before leaving a room
- Make sure your fire protection systems are in good working order
- Have a fire evacuation plan for every floor
- Replace appliances that have damaged cords
Making sure your fire alarm system is tested and inspected by professionals helps ensure that all the components of your system will function properly when they’re needed. Our trained and experienced technicians are available to respond to your needs 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
Call us at 877-797-9735 to schedule an appointment or learn more about our services.