Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Be Careful With Candles

As Autumn is now here, with Winter (or the potential for winter weather) approaching, please take a few minutes to review the following information and be safety conscious when it comes to candles. When a storm hits and the electricity goes out at night, most of us will go in search of some candles and/or flashlights, (and in the process bump into numerous items of furniture, stubbing toes or bruising shins, but that's another tip for another time).  For now, let's concentrate on being safe when using candles.

Most of these tips are simply common sense.  However, as a good friend of mine likes to say, "Common sense is anything but common."

If you're going to use candles, just make sure to:

  • Keep them at least 12 inches away from anything that could catch fire.
  • Use candle holders that won't easily tip over.
  • Put them only on surfaces that are level, sturdy, and free from clutter.
  • Don't let them burn all the way down. 
  • If oxygen is being used in the house, never, ever use candles.
  • Blow out all the candles before going to bed or leaving your house, even for just a little while.  

More great tips can be found on the NFPA (National Fire Protection Association) web site: www.nfpa.org.

Tuesday, October 7, 2014



Now is a great time to replace the batteries in your smoke detectors.  But don't stop there...  
  • Test your smoke detectors at least once a month to make sure they are functioning properly.  (Remember, you should have at least one smoke detector on each floor of your house, but having more than that certainly can't hurt.  You should have at least one located near sleeping areas of the house, such as in a hallway leading to the bedrooms. 
  • Have a written escape plan and practice it periodically with fire drills.  Because fires may happen at night, that is a good time to practice your evacuation procedure. 
Can you answer these questions?
    • How will you get out of the house from each room?
    • Where will you go once you get outside your burning home?
    • What if you have guests visiting you... will they know how to exit your house, especially from the bedrooms, in the dark?  
If you cannot answer the above questions, you should work on you plan.  In addition, what happens if your house catches fire while you are out of town?  Do you have a designated Emergency Contact who knows how to get in touch with you as well as your insurance provider to report the claim?  Ask us about our exclusive Emergency Contact Program.