The leaves are changing colors, the nights are getting cooler, and the Big Apple is getting its first coating of winter snow. All of this means one thing: the holidays are almost here! As you prepare your home for family and friends, take some time to brush up on fireplace and kitchen safety. After all, according to the U.S. Fire Administration, cooking is the most common cause of residential fires, and fireplaces can be just as dangerous is not used properly. To prevent a holiday disaster, keep these fireplace and kitchen safety tips in mind.
Keep an Eye on Your Fireplace, Oven, and Stovetop
Whenever you are cooking a meal or enjoying a fire, try not to get distracted or leave the room without putting another adult in charge of supervision. In just seconds, a kitchen towel can catch on fire or a burning ember can roll out of the fireplace. This is all the time it takes for a home fire to start, and for all of your holiday dreams to go up in flames.
Don’t Allow Children to Build a Fire or Cook Unattended
While a pair of eyes goes a long way toward preventing a house fire, those eyes need to belong to an adult. Never leave children unattended in the kitchen if the oven or stove is on, and never allow children to build or tend to a fire in the fireplace. Instead, supervise your children and take the valuable opportunity to teach them about the importance of fire safety.
Make Sure Your Fire Sprinklers are Up to Code
A fire sprinkler is your home’s last line of defense against a devastating structural fire. To protect yourself and your family, make sure to have your fire sprinkler system inspected or repaired before you get caught up with the holidays.
Capitol Fire Sprinkler of NYC can make sure that your fire sprinkler system is in accordance with local regulations. We also provide fire sprinkler installations and repairs for residential and commercial buildings throughout NYC. Contact us online or call us today at (718) 533-6800 to learn more.