- Fuel - furnaces and space heaters.
- Propane or Gas - fireplaces, (both vented and ventless), space heaters, ranges and ovens, clothes dryers, grills, smokers, and deep fryers.
- Wood burning fireplaces and stoves
- Charcoal grills and smokers
- Gasoline – automobiles, lawnmowers and power tools
- Have your home-heating systems, fuel-burning appliances, flues and chimneys inspected, cleaned or schedule an annual home checkup by a qualified home inspector.
- Make regular visual inspections of fuel-burning appliances such as your gas dryer and hot water heater.
- Do not burn charcoal inside a home, cabin or camper.
- Do not operate gasoline-powered engines (generators, cutting saws) in confined areas such as garages or basements.
- Do not idle your car inside the garage.
- After a hurricane or storm, make sure vents for the gas dryer, furnace, stove and fireplace are clear of debris and intact.
- Never use gas ovens and ranges to heat your home!
- Quiet the alarm by pushing the “HUSH” button, if equipped.
- Open windows and turn on vent fans to clear the air.
- Consider relocating the alarm farther away from the cooking area or bathroom.
- Consider installing a photoelectric or combination photoelectric/ ionization type alarm. The photoelectric and combination type alarms are less sensitive to cooking smoke.
Causes of Christmas Fires
Opinions of a Home InspectorChristmas is the time to spend with your family and friends, not to worry and agonize if you will have a fire. Every Christmas the sounds of fire engine sirens overpower my family’s holiday music. We often worry if the sirens are for one of our friends or neighbors. You should have all your heating and cooking equipment inspected and serviced before your family arrives. Fireplaces should be inspected yearly and cleaned regularly. Be aware of the placement of candles and decorations. Make sure you give your live Christmas tree plenty of water and keep it away from candles and fire places. May your Christmas be worry free and full of holiday cheer.