Perhaps it’s no surprise that fires caused by candles spike on Christmas Day, according to the National Fire Protection Association. Increased use of replaces, holiday cooking, and overloaded electrical cords also play a part in making winter the most prevalent season for home fires.
Before you roast any chestnuts, clean your fireplace and chimney. Dirty chimneys can have dangerous levels of creosote build-up, the highly combustible byproduct of regular fires. A chimney fire might produce a loud popping noise, lots of dense smoke, and an intense, hot smell—or give no warning signs at all.
In addition to a clean chimney, keep your home fireproof with these safety measures:
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