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Did you know that the worst 10 days for home fires are December 24th through January 6th? The National Fire Prevention Association reports that 38% of the fires in the United States began in an indoor fireplace or chimney, and 41% of home fires were started by a lit candle blaze.

Below are some safety rules that every home in Georgia should follow during this festive season:

Fireplaces and Chimneys

  • Have your wood-burning fireplace inspected and cleaned every 2 years by a professional chimney sweeper.   What are they most concerned about? It’s creosote, the substance that builds up in the chimney. Creosote provides fuel for all the fires, and if it builds up, it can flame out into your home and create smoke and noxious fumes. How do you minimize the formation of creosote?

  • Make sure that you use seasoned, dry wood in all your fires.

  • Never burn treated paper or plastic in your fire. 

  • Although it’s a tempting way to discard used decorations, never, EVER burn your Christmas tree or wrapping paper in your fireplace.   It can set off fumes that make everyone who breathes it terribly sick.

  • When you’re starting a wood fire, always use paper or kindling as a fire starter, not kerosene. Once the flame is safely engaged, make sure you have a screen in front of it to deter sparks or someone falling into the flames. Once it’s burned out, allow the ashes to cool, then store in a metal container a good distance away from your home.

 

Decorative Candles

  • Flameless candles are available in a variety of sizes, colors and prices. They are a bit more expensive than traditional candles, but can save you money—and be much safer—in the long run.

  • If you burn a traditional wax or soy candle, make sure that it is never left unattended or burning overnight.

  • Before lighting a candle for the first time, trim the wick to 1-quarter inch to prevent flare-ups.

  • Make sure your candle is in a proper holder that catches wax and protects the candle from tipping over. While wooden candle holders are rustic and decorative, use a candlestick or holder made of a non-flammable material.

  • While the flame is flickering, keep it at least 12 inches from any material or object that can catch fire.

 

The Ultimate Protection

EMC Security offers Atlanta-area residents the ultimate fire safety method—residential fire protection. Along with your security system, monitoring your home for fire can be as simple as adding smoke or heat detectors to your new or existing home security system. Your family, pets and valuables will be protected. Alarm monitoring rates begins as low as $16.95 for intrusion and fire. For more information, call us at 770-963-0305, or visit our Facebook or Twitter pages.

 

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