Keep the passion burning not your home
Love is in the air. Yes, that’s right, Valentine’s day is around the corner. Time to buy chocolate, teddy bears and dust off the old cookbook for a special candlelit dinner. But before you put your chef’s hat on consider these fire safety tips. We don’t want your evening going up in smoke.
Misplaced candles rank at the top of the most forgotten Valentine’s Day fire hazards. Whilst filling a room with candles definitely sets the mood for love, it’s easy to forget to keep all drapes, loose papers, confetti and other decorative items far away from the flames. The same goes for candles on the dinner table; be careful not to get napkins or the table cloth too close to the flame. Also, try not to clink your wine glasses over an open flame as clothing can be set alight.
We know you want to smell just as scrumptious a dinner, but don’t spray deodorant, perfume, aftershave or air freshener around lit candles, these flammable aerosols can cause a fire in seconds!
Keep tea light candles in contained candle holders designed for small candles, an open flame can lead to disaster. Last year nearly 1,000 house fires nationwide were started by candles, these fires injured 385 people and resulted in 11 deaths – stated by Essex County Fire & Rescue Service,
The salmon should be the only thing smoked
Let’s say you’re running late in preparing your special Valentine’s Day dinner for two. It’s tempting to try and cut corners to save time by frying your frozen seafood, chicken or steak without defrosting it first, but don’t do it! Whenever you dump frozen food straight into a deep fryer or frying pan full of hot oil, the ice in that frozen food suddenly expands to create steam within a second. Then that steam forces the nearly boiling oil to shoot out of the frying pan to splatter nearly everything around it including a cooking flame. Any kind of heating element that you’re cooking with can ignite this heated oil and potentially set your entire kitchen on fire.
Don’t leave any food cooking unoccupied!
Don’t let those helium balloons fly outdoors!
Helium balloons that declare your affection are also Valentine’s Day fire hazards. The outer coating of these balloons actually conducts electricity. Therefore, when these balloons float up into electrical power lines outdoors, they explode. A large bunch of these balloons if set loose can potentially cause an explosion large enough to knock out an entire power line.
It’s also an idea to tie any balloons down indoors as balloons can set of motion sensors, setting off your alarm system when they are left to float around. Don’t let a false alarm ruin your romantic night.
A smoke alarm might not sound romantic and you could well end up with a night on the sofa, but you’ll sleep soundly knowing your loved one is protected from the risk of fire.