Valentine’s Day is just around the corner which, for many, means a nice dinner date, a romantic night in, or a fun celebration with friends. If you’re planning to impress your date with a nice home-cooked meal, candles can help set the mood just right. However, a single misplaced candle can quickly catch materials on fire and lead to out-of-control flames. This Valentine’s Day, make sure that the only thing heating up is the relationship between you and your date. Follow these fire prevention tips to ensure that you have a safe evening with your loved one.
Keep candles away from anything flammable and never leave them unattended. The majority of candle fires start due to an object being too close to the flame. Also be sure that any candles are placed in sturdy containers where they won’t be knocked over, especially by pets or young children. If you think you’ll forget to blow out the candle flames, try using battery-operated candles as a safer alternative to set the mood.
Prevent Kitchen Fires
Cooking a dinner at home can be a wonderful way to show your loved one that you care. Practicing fire safety in the kitchen is especially important because most household fires start here. In fact, leaving a stovetop unattended is the number one cause of housefires in the US. When cooking, be sure to keep an eye on any food in the oven or on the stove. Turn off any burners as soon as you’re finished with them and double check that the oven is off, too. It’s also a good idea to keep any dish towels, rags, or pot holders away from the oven while it’s on.
Keep Fireplaces Maintained
Like candles, lighting a fire in the fireplace can set a romantic mood for the evening. Before lighting a fire, be sure that your fireplace is clean and free of general debris that could catch fire and spread. Use a screen to prevent any logs or sticks from shifting and falling out of the fireplace. Before going to bed, always check that the fire is completely out and ashes are cooled off.
Follow these tips to prevent any fires and make this Valentine’s Day memorable for you and your partner. If you’re ever in need of general home restoration after a fire, storm, or disaster, Rocky Top Restoration is here for you 24/7. Visit our website to learn more about fire safety and how we can work to restore your home in the unfortunate event of a fire.