The South Jordan Fire Department would like to remind the community to take time to think about fire safety this holiday season. Most home fires happen in December, January, and February. Cooking, holiday decorations, candles, and heating equipment all increase the likelihood of a fire. On average, more than one-third of home fire deaths in the United States occur during the winter months. In addition to always having working smoke alarms installed throughout your home, the following tips can help you stay safe during the holiday season.
- Always keep an eye on food being heated and be alert. If you leave the kitchen – turn off the heat!
- If a pan with grease catches fire, carefully slide a lid over the pan to smother the flames and turn off the burner.
Christmas tree safety:
- Make sure the tree is at least three feet away from any heat source (i.e. heaters, heater vents, and fireplaces) and try to position it near an outlet so that cords are not running long distances.
- When decorating Christmas trees with lights, follow the manufacturer’s instructions. Any string of lights with worn, frayed or broken cords or loose bulb connections should not be used.
- Never use lit candles to decorate a tree. Be sure to place candles well away from tree branches.
- Always unplug Christmas tree lights before leaving home or going to sleep.
- Extinguish all candles when leaving the room or going to sleep.
- Place candle holders on a sturdy, uncluttered surface and do not use candles in places where they could be knocked over by children or pets.
- Make sure to clean and inspect furnaces, fireplaces and chimneys annually before using them for the upcoming year. Make sure space heaters are approved by a national testing laboratory and have a tip-over shut-off function.
- Keep furniture and other items that can catch fire at least three feet from heating sources.
- Make sure all gas burning appliances, such as gas heaters, are in good shape and burn clean. Carbon Monoxide is caused by malfunctioning or improperly used fuel-burning appliances and idling cars and can cause serious illnesses injury or death. Install Carbon Monoxide alarms outside each sleeping area and on every level of your home.