Holiday Home Hot Spots
It's a typical holiday scene: multiple dishes are cooking while children run around and guests mill about. Candles are lit, the fireplace is roaring. It's chilly in the basement playroom so the space heater is on full blast. More overnight guests mean the washer and dryer could be working overtime, whether or not you're home for the entire washing or drying cycle.
Sound familiar? If so, it should cause a red flag to go up. Ovens, toasters, microwaves, fireplaces, chimneys, washers, dryers, and space heaters are common appliances that have potentially
dangerous consequences. The danger increases when these appliances receive extra use around the holidays.
Cooking Equipment: Oven, Toaster, Microwave
The Problem: A house full of hungry guests makes the kitchen one of the busiest rooms in the house during the holidays. However, this commotion can be hazardous, as cooking
equipment is the leading cause of home fires and home fire injuries. In fact, more than 40 percent of all home fires occur in the kitchen, with food and/or cooking materials often being the first
items to go up in flames, according to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA).
The Problem: For those homes overflowing with holiday guests, basements and other areas that can double as bedrooms are often kept warm with space heaters. However, the U.S.
Consumer Product Safety Commission estimates that more than 25,000 residential fires every year are associated with space heaters. More than 300 people die in these fires.
The Problem: A warm, crackling fire is synonymous with the holiday season -- but it also accounts for 6 percent of all home fires, reports the NFPA. While an open flame is an
obvious cause for concern, most chimney fires occur because of something you can't see.
The Problem: Turning the clothes dryer on before leaving for a last minute shopping trip might seem like a good time-management technique, but if a fire begins when nobody is home,
it's likely that more damage will occur than if someone was around when it started. In fact, washers and dryers account for the same percentage of home fires as candles each year according to the
The Problem: Although the weather may be a little colder, Americans still enjoy firing up the grill to cook up a perfect holiday feast. The Barbeque Industry Association estimates
that Americans enjoy more than three billion barbecues each year and just as you'd imagine, there is a risk when grilling.
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