5 Home Fire Prevention Tips For Winter

Winter can be a very relaxing time of year where you stay inside, curl up on your couch, and have. Unfortunately, however, the winter can make your home more susceptible to home fires because you’re trying to stay warm. But don’t worry! We’ve come up with five fire prevention tips for winter to keep you and your home nice and safe during this cold time of year. 

1. Be Cautious When Disposing of Fire Ashes

Just because it looks like the ashes have burned all the way and are cooled doesn’t mean they are. Ashes can stay “hot” for several days, so don’t dispose of them too soon. If you must get rid of them quickly for some reason, don’t throw them directly into a trash can or trash bag. Instead, please place them in a metal container and close them tightly before throwing them out. 

2. Don’t Leave a Burning Candle Unattended

Candles are a great way to make your house smell good, and they can make your home feel “cozier,” but it’s not a good idea to leave one burning unattended. If you’ve lit a candle or two and are about to leave the room or your house, make sure you put out the flame before you do so!

3. Don’t Place Candles Near Flammable Objects

If you are a candle enthusiast, along with putting out a flame before you leave, make sure not to place a candle near any flammable objects. This includes blankets, curtains, or lampshades. Your candle should be in a secure place away from flammable objects and where it can’t get knocked over easily. 

4. Don’t Put a Space Heater Near Fabrics

Space heaters can also keep you warm in the winter, but they’re a fire hazard like candles. The best place to put a space heater is at least 3 feet away from any fabrics, including bedding, drapes, and furniture. 

5. Make Sure the Fireplace is Completely Out

If you’ve had a fire going to keep you warm and cozy in your home, make sure you put it out entirely before you go to bed or leave your house. Don’t close the damper if hot ashes are in the fireplace. This will cause carbon monoxide to be pushed into your home. 


If you’d like more fire prevention tips for winter, contact one of our attornies at Reynolds & Reynolds. We have plenty more tips to give you, and we can help you find the right insurance for your home to protect it if a fire were to occur. Also, don’t forget to follow us on social media for more information.