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Krost Home Inspection Safety Tips

Updated: Feb 16, 2019


There’s a special beauty and tranquility to candles, but a lighted candle is also an open flame, and a potential fire hazard if not carefully monitored. In fact, accidental candle fires account for approximately four percent of all U.S. residential fires.

A few basic safety rules from Krost Home Inspection to avoid candle fires.

1. Never leave a burning candle unattended.

2. Never burn a candle on or near anything that might catch fire.

3. Keep candles out of the reach of children and pets

Electrical fire safety

It's that time of year again – the time when homeowners across the U.S. hang the stockings by the fire and bring a twinkling glow to homes. Some start hanging lights as they are taking Halloween decorations down, but most will use the long weekend after Thanksgiving to get the job done. Keeping in mind that the National Fire Prevention Association says electrical lights are involved in two out of five home Christmas tree fires, Krost Home Inspection offers the following tips to help homeowners keep their holiday from going up in smoke.

1. Only purchase lights, electronic decorations and extension cords that are UL-Listed. UL is a

safety certification, so these lights have been tested and approved by a recognized safety- testing agency.

2. Consider purchasing LED lights. These lights use less energy and run cooler than traditional incandescent lights.

3. Replace worn, old or damaged extension cords right away.

4. Use extension cords for temporary purposes only

5. Avoid putting cords where they can be damaged or pinched, like under a carpet or rug

6. Do not overload power strips.

Happy holidays from Krost Home Inspection

Take care of your Smoke alarms.

Three out of five home fire deaths result from fires in properties without working smoke alarms. More than one-third (38 percent) of home fire deaths result from fires in which no smoke alarms are present.

The risk of dying in a home fire is cut in half in homes with working smoke alarms.

Krost Home Inspection Wants everyone to stay safe so here are a few smoke alarms tips below.

  1. Replace the batteries at least once every year, we suggest at daylight savings time. (You have to change your clocks so it's easy to remember the smoke alarms batteries at the same time) .Replace the entire smoke alarm every 10 years.

  2. A closed door may slow the spread of smoke, heat and fire. Put smoke alarms inside and outside each bedroom and sleeping area. ...

  3. Place smoke alarms on the ceiling or high on the wall.

  4. Test your smoke alarms once a month.

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