Cooking is the leading cause of home fires, according to the National Fire Prevention Association (NFPA). “It is responsible for two of every five reported home fires and is the leading cause of home fire injuries,” states a November 22, 2013 press release from NFPA.
To avoid a fire outbreak in your home this winter, remember to take these precautions:
- When cooking, remain alert. If you feel tired or have consumed alcohol, do not use the stove or stovetop.
- If you are frying, grilling or broiling food, stay in the kitchen. Turn off the stove before you leave the kitchen.
- If candles are burning, keep them at least 12 inches away from anything that can burn.
- Blow out candles before you leave the room or go to bed.
- Light candles carefully; keep hair and loose clothing away from the flame.
- If you have a wood stove or fireplace, make sure the chimney is clean of debris like creosote, which can lead to a home heating fire.
- Make sure your smoke alarms or fire alarm system has been checked this year.
At Seacoast Security, we provide state-of-the-art fire and smoke detection systems. Our technicians can install, test, and inspect your alarms. Our staff in our 24 hour monitoring center will remain vigilant at all times to ensure your safety. For more information about our fire and smoke alarm systems, call our Central Office in Rockport at (800)-654-8800.