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The 5 Main Winter Fire Damage Causes

1/19/2022 (Permalink)

Winter fire damage caused by an unsecured fire place. Contract the fire damage restoration professionals at SERVPRO for immediate assistance!

Are you prepared to fight against winter fire damage?

Winter is a time of year that brings many things: colder temperatures, holiday cheer, and, unfortunately, fire damage. Each year, countless fires occur in homes and businesses due to various causes.

Fire damage is more common in the winter than in any other season. One of the main reasons house fires increase in winter is due to colder temperatures. When the temperature drops, people tend to use more heat sources like a fireplace, leading to a fire outbreak.

This blog post will discuss the five main winter fire damage causes that our professionals at SERVPRO of Downtown Atlanta receive. We will also provide tips on preventing these fires from happening in your home or business.

Winter fire damage cause #1: Candle Fires

One of the most common causes of winter fire damage is the careless use of candles. Candles are often used during the winter months to create a warm and cozy atmosphere, but they can also be very dangerous if not used correctly. To prevent candle fires from happening in your home, always make sure that candles are placed in stable holders and never leave them unattended.

Winter fire damage cause #2: Holiday Lights

Another common cause of winter fire damage is holiday lights. Although you likely won't consider removing holiday decorations as an option, it might be the best thing to do if you're worried about your home catching on fire. However, if you would rather not take down your holiday lighting, then there are some things that you can do to keep winter fires from happening in your home this winter. To prevent winter fires from happening due to holiday lights, ensure that all of your cords are in good condition and never leave them unattended while plugged in. Also, be sure to replace any old or frayed wiring immediately!

Winter fire damage cause #3: Faulty Heating Equipment

Space heaters are a great winter heating solution, as they provide quick warmth and allow you to control the temperature in specific areas of your home. However, space heaters can also be dangerous if not used properly or are faulty in any manner.

Faulty or poorly designed heating equipment can easily catch on fire, especially if it's older. A good way to prevent winter fires caused by faulty heating equipment is to ensure that your heater is free of rust and debris before plugging it in. Also, ensure that you use the right size heater for the necessary square footage.

Winter fire damage cause #4: Cooking Fires

While many people cook all winter long, they may not be aware that the open flame of their oven or stovetop can quickly turn into a winter fire if not monitored. To prevent winter fires from happening in your home due to cooking, always keep an eye on what you're cooking and don't leave it unattended.

Winter fire damage cause #5: Overloaded outlets

The winter weather often brings cold temperatures outside, meaning people spend more time inside with their appliances. Unfortunately, the increase in winter appliance usage can cause overworked outlets and extension cords to catch on fire if not used carefully.

To prevent winter fires from happening due to overloaded outlets or extension cords, be sure that you are using weather-appropriate extension cords designed for winter weather. Also, be sure to replace any old or frayed cables immediately.

Wrapping up

We hope that you have enjoyed this winter fire damage blog post. Keep these winter fire safety tips in mind this winter season, and you will be sure to stay safe this winter!

Please contact us today about winter fire safety tips or fire damage restoration services. Our professionals are available 24/7, 365 days a year!

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