Before Things Heat Up: 5 Home Fire Safety Tips for Valentine’s Day

Valentine’s Day is here and you’re planning a romantic night at home. You are determined to impress: candlelit dinner, cuddling by the fireplace, exchanging gifts. Here are 5 Home Fire Safety tips that’ll keep the spark alive…and your night from fizzling out.

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1. Candles

  • Candles are great for setting the right mood for dinner but they can’t be left unattended—blow them out when leaving the room or going to bed. Keep lit candles at least 12 inches from anything flammable—three out of every fire candle fires start from combustible items being too close to a flame. Place them in sturdy metal, glass, or ceramic candle holders in a spot where they won’t be knocked over. Candles should never be used in homes where oxygen tanks are used. If either of you starts to get intoxicated, blow out the candles right away—you’ll be less likely to remember the candles are lit later on. Keep candles out of sleeping areas—more than 1/3 of home candle fires begin in the bedroom. Use battery-operated candles as a safe alternative to creating a romantic ambiance.

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2. Fireplaces

  • Make sure your fireplace has been cleaned and has been professionally inspected within the year. Use a screen that’ll block rolling logs and flying sparks. Put ashes in a non-combustible covered container and cover them with water. Make sure they’re 100% cool before going to bed.

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3. Cooking

  • The number one cause of house fires is keeping an active cooktop unattended. It takes less than 30 seconds for any smoke to become fire. Make sure frozen food is completely defrosted before adding it to hot oil—ice expands and will create steam within seconds, resulting in splatters flying everywhere. Here are some tips on how to put out a grease fire.

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4. Helium Balloons

  • These balloons come in all shapes and sizes and their outer coating conducts electricity. Make sure the balloons stay inside the house; if they escape and float into electrical power lines outside, they’ll explode, causing a power outage and probably provoking the ire of your neighbors. Deflate them before throwing them into the trash.

5. Precautions

  • Make sure smoke alarms are working and fire extinguishers are both functional and accessible.

 

Use these tips to ensure you and your partner have an enjoyable Valentine’s evening together without the danger of things going up in smoke.

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Before Things Heat Up: 5 Home Fire Safety Tips for Valentine’s Day
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Valentine’s Day is here and you’re planning a romantic night at home. You are determined to impress: candlelit dinner, cuddling by the fireplace, exchanging gifts. Here are 5 Home Fire Safety tips that’ll keep the spark alive…and your night from fizzling out.
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