Sponsored by the Minnesota Department of Public Safety and other federal government and non-profit agencies, November 10 through November 15 is Winter Hazard Awareness Week in Minnesota, and Wednesday, November 14 is Winter Fire Safety day. This annual event is promoted every year to help raise awareness about the dangers that the winter can bring about when it comes to fires, driving and other hazards. The agencies and organizations give out tips about how to stay safe this winter. Here are a few of our favorites about how to stay safe when enjoying your fireplace, cooking or enjoying your holiday decorations.
Dryer and Dryer Vent Safety
- Never use your dryer as a source of heat. Dryer vents are full of dust, lint, dirt and other debris. It is a health hazard to have it blowing around in your home. And if your dryer is not venting properly, call on us here at Dryer Vent Wizard to fix it.
- Heavy items such as blankets and coats create more lint, making your dryer much more of a fire hazard. Lint is extremely flammable and if not cleaned out routinely, can catch fire.
- Keep your dryer vent clear of snow and ice. An accumulation frozen precipitation can prevent your unit from functioning properly. It can be an even bigger concern if your dryer vent exits your home on the roof. Be sure to keep a three-foot area clear around your dryer vent.
Fireplace and Heater Safety
- Make sure you keep all items, especially flammable ones, away from your fireplace, space heaters and other heaters.
- Never leave a heater or fireplace unattended. Be sure to turn them off or put out the fire if you need to leave your home or when you go to bed.
- Make sure your fireplace is routinely cleaned and inspected. Be sure the cords to all of your space heaters are not frayed or ripped. If the cord feels hot, you should turn off the space heater.
- Never leave your cooking unattended. Unattended cooking is the leading contributing factor to home cooking fires.
- Frying is the biggest risk of a house fire.
- The peak day of the year for home cooking fires is Thanksgiving.
- While Christmas tree fires are no longer as common as they used to be in the old days, they are more likely to be serious fires when they do happen.
- Do not put any heat sources near a Christmas tree. This causes about 1 out of 6 Christmas tree fires.
- Eleven percent of home candle fires occur in December.
When you need dryer vent cleaning or repairs, give us a call here at Dryer Vent Wizard at 651-792-5626 or contact us and Request Service.