Houston Home Health: 6 Essential Fire Safety Tips For Halloween
SERVPRO of Baytown / Channelview, your SERVPRO in Houston wants to remind all of our friends and neighbors to be fire safety smart this Halloween. Whether trick or treating, at costume parties, or in home decorations, it is imperative that you and your family use best fire safety protocols to prevent fire damage to your Houston area home. Here are 6 tips you can easily incorporate into your holiday planning.
Costume Safety. The vast majority of ready-made costumes purchased today are treated with fire retardant or are flame resistant. However, it is still imperative that you remain aware of your surroundings and that you stay away from candles and open flames while dressed up for Halloween trick or treating or parties. Long, flowing princess costumes, ghosts, or other heavily draped costumes are at risk for catching fire due to tipped over Jack O’ Lanterns, space heaters, and fire pits. Also, remember that many wigs and hats are highly flammable, and extreme caution must be taken around open flames.
Jack O’ Lanterns. What is Halloween without carved and lit pumpkins? For the best fire safety for your Houston area home, and to prevent fire damage, use a battery operated candle or a flashlight instead of a candle to light your pumpkin. If you do elect to use a candle for your pumpkin, elevate it on a fire resistant table to keep it away from trick or treater feet and costumes. Also, remember to place it away from other flammable materials like curtains, upholstered furniture, and other items.
Flammable Decorations. Many typical Halloween decorations are highly flammable. Crepe paper, dried flowers, cornstalks, sheets, and other elements can easily catch fire and cause damage to your home, or injure people in your home. Be mindful too of any strings of lights used, and make sure that the wires are not frayed and that electrical circuits are not overloaded. If using extension cords for any decorations or lights, do not run them under curtains or fabric as excessive heat can develop causing a fire. Follow manufacturer’s recommendations to keep your family and guest safe.
Space Heaters. On a cool October evening, it may be tempting to use a space heater, indoors or out. Your locally owned and operated SERVPRO in Houston urges you to avoid using a space heater when costumes are worn and where decorations are displayed.
Smoke Detector Testing. Before Halloween parties, it is highly recommended that you test your smoke detector by pushing the test button. Batteries should be replaced annually, and all smoke detectors should be replaced every 10 years. If you’ve not done so recently, do an inventory of all smoke detectors in your home and ensure there is at least one on each floor (including basements and attics), one in each bedroom, one in the kitchen, and one in each area where space heaters or there are fireplaces.
Fire Evacuation. Be sure that you teach your children to recognize the sound of a smoke detector, and how to behave when they hear one. Whether they are at home, or away from home, they should be instructed to evacuate immediately and get to a safe spot, clear of the smoke and flames.
As we move into the holiday season, we recognize that accidents happen. Houston water damage is common throughout our community. Our expert fire restoration technicians are available 24 hours a day, even on weekends and holidays to start the restoration process in the event disaster strikes. Don’t hesitate to call us; we have the expertise and tools needed when your home is damaged.
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