You should always take extra precautions in the winter to keep your loved ones and property safe from potential home fires. If you use a space heater or have a fireplace in your Citrus County, Florida, home, keep reading to learn how to avoid these fire hazards this winter.

Space Heaters

If you use a space heater in your home during the winter, make sure it is at least 3 feet from anything else in the room, such as curtains, furniture, and especially pets and children. Use newer models of space heaters that are in excellent condition and automatically turn off when tipped over. Also be sure to plug it into an outlet that can properly handle its energy consumption. Never leave a space heater unattended — turn it off and unplug it before leaving the house or going to sleep.

Remember, if you do experience a home fire, call emergency services immediately. The next steps after a home fire may include finding another place to stay while your home is being restored.

Fireplace Safety

Chimneys should be inspected by a professional once a year for safety. If you haven’t used your fireplace in a long time, check the chimney for any blockage and have a chimney sweep remove any debris or creosote buildup, which can be very dangerous. When you do use your fireplace, open the chimney damper, use a screen, close the damper only after the last ember has stopped burning, and clear away the ashes.

Lights and Candles

During the winter months, you may light candles or put up seasonal decorations. If you light a scented candle, never leave it unattended in your home. Also, if you choose to keep up your live Christmas tree after the holidays, make sure it stays well watered. The risk of fire hazards after the holidays is just as great as it is before.

If you do experience the tragedy of a house fire this winter, call ServiceMaster Professional Services at 352-503-8013 for exceptional fire damage restoration. Our technicians are trained for emergencies and work quickly and efficiently to minimize the long-term effects of fire disasters.

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