The colder months are when the risk of fire increases from cooking, fireplaces and candles. In fact, in December alone, candles are estimated to be the cause of over one-third of home decoration fires. No matter what time of year it is, we all need reminders about fire safety. Preventing household fires is important not only because your home is one of the largest investments you will make, but because keeping your family safe is a huge priority. The best way to do this is to take the proper precautions to help prevent household fires.

Here are a few fire safety tips to help keep your family and home safe year-round.

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General Household Fire Prevention Tips

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Kitchen and Grease Fires Prevention

One of the key areas to pay attention to when it comes to house fire prevention is your kitchen. Did you know that on average, over 172,000 house fires a year start in the kitchen? Kitchen grease fires can get out of control and escalate quickly if you're not careful.

To prevent a grease fire in your kitchen, follow these tips:


Stopping A Grease Fire

It's also important to know how to stop a grease fire if one does start in your kitchen. The steps you can take to stop a grease fire on your stovetop from spreading are:

  1. Smother the fire by sliding a lid over the pan.

  2. Turn off the heat source immediately.

  3. Leave the pan covered until it's completely cooled.

  4. Never attempt to extinguish a grease fire with water.


Fireplace and Chimney Fire Prevention

You can enjoy the coziness and warmth of your fireplace while still keeping fire safety top of mind. Here are some precautions to take when using your fireplace:

Using these fire prevention tips will give you peace of mind and allow you to enjoy homeownership. At HomeFirst®, we offer insurance and home protection advice to give you just that, peace of mind.

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