tips on safely heating your property in the winter

Safely Heating Your Property in the Winter

Tips on Safely Heating Your Property in the Winter

North Texas was never going to stay warm forever and now that we have cold fronts coming in. It’s about time to talk about how important it is to safely heat your residential or commercial property. Creating a safe environment to feel comfortable and warm during the winter months can be stressful after experiencing the 2021 winter storm but Classic Construction offers some tips on safely heating your property in the winter. From space and area heaters to the nitty gritty heating blankets, we’ve got you covered for the keeping each of your properties warm and safe this winter.

Space Heaters

Space heaters great for warming your space but are they bad for your place?

The short answer is YES!

Space heaters can pose several risks to your home or business when used incorrectly. The first and most important thing to note about using a space heater is ensuring that you never, and we mean never, leave it unattended or sleep with it on. They can cause an electrical fire that can ignite a home or business and quickly spread throughout your space. Additionally make sure that your space heater is plugged into a grounded outlet, which is one that has three prongs and your smoke detector is functioning properly. Lastly do not ever place anything on top of your space heater like clothing or blankets as these may have residue that can also quickly ignite. With proper use and care you can have your home or business toasty warm in no time with the use of a space heater.

Candles

Candles can be very relaxing and cozy when the weather starts to get cooler outside. However, any time you use an open flame or heat source for an extended amount of time, you put yourself and your property at risk. Thankfully, Classic is here to provide tips to help ease your mind when deciding to use candles this season.

  • The maximum burn time for most candles is four hours and should then be blown out to avoid potential hazards.
  • Electric and flameless candles as well as nightlights provide the same ambiance as candles, without the hazards that come along with candles making them a great alternative.
  • Remember to keep candles away from drafts, high traffic areas, as well as children and pets.
  • Always use a well-ventilated room, and always keep candles at least 3 inches apart.

Heating Blankets

There’s nothing quite like a warm blanket in a cool space – but don’t forget that this winter favorite also comes with its own set of hazards and safety concerns. If your heating blanket is 10 years or older, you may want to consider upgrading ASAP as almost 100% of electric blanket fires are caused by electric blankets older than 10 years.

New electric heating blankets feature safety controls that reduce risk of fire and burns and also feature temperature controls to keep the blanket from getting too hot. If you want an extra step of control and peace of mind, consider adding a smart outlet to your heating blanket to make sure that you can turn it off remotely if you accidentally leave it on when you leave your space.

Fireplace

We previously wrote tips on fireplace safety, including proper inspections, prepping and cleaning your fireplace, and how to choose the right wood. Our tips covered both gas and wood-burning fireplaces

Conclusion

If you have a commercial property, multi-family property, or residential home in North Texas, you know that when it’s hot, it’s really hot and when it’s cold, it’s ICE COLD! We’ve written some tips on heating your property safely to prevent fire damage including space heaters, heated blankets, and candles. If you experience a fire in your property or home, call Classic Construction right away for remediation! We work quickly, correctly, and with your insurance to restore your building to pre-fire conditions. On time. On budget. That’s Classic!

Holiday Decor Can Be a Fire Hazard

The Christmas Light Shortage – Safe Alternatives

The Christmas Light Shortage and Finding Safe Alternatives

Are Your Decorations a Fire Hazard?The holiday season is upon us and early nights with beautiful decorations are beginning to fill the streets with joy. As some of us bring out last years decorations that may have some life to them, most are left wondering where to find the best quality decorations to bring glee and delight to their homes. Keep in mind, when decorating your home for Christmas, making sure old lighting is up to par and new lighting is of quality for fire prevention this season. Our team here at Classic wants to share some tips this season that might help you this season with decorating for the holidays.

Supply chain issues are being felt across the country from meat to gaming consoles and yes even Christmas lights. This season many people are finding it harder to go to the store and purchase lights for their homes and trees which is leaving them questioning what to do about decorations. “Should we just not decorate” or “should we do minimal decorations” are the thoughts many people are having and the short answer to that is “NO” every time. With everything that has been going on for the past year and a half celebrating this holiday season is giving people the joy that they desperately need. This leaves the next question of “what do we do about our lights?! There are a few options to choose from when it comes to alternative lighting and buying used or reusing old decorations isn’t on that list of options. Read on to learn more about great alternative options and why you shouldn’t use old lights.

Ideas for finding Alternative Lighting

There are a few different options you have for an alternative to traditional holiday lights if you’re feeling creative! If you’ve ever enjoyed a backyard patio at night, you may have seen some beautiful patio lights strung around the patio – here’s a great take on similar outdoor lights that aren’t technically holiday lights, but still a wonderful alternative.

If you have any nearby home improvement stores or garden centers, they also typically have pre-lit yard decorations – from large snowflakes to candy canes and more!

Holiday Decor Can Be a Fire Hazard

This beautiful scene can be a disaster if left unattended!

Take Lighting Fire Precautions with Old Lighting

Whether you are decorating for yourself or helping someone else, homeowners can agree that hanging Christmas lights indoor and outdoor can be very dangerous. Follow these tips and tricks to take precautions this year to help prevent a fire from potentially starting due to old lighting.

  • Before plugging in last years Christmas lights, inspect their condition to make sure they’re up to par. Check for cracked of frayed cords, wires poking through, and sockets without bulbs.
  • Look for Christmas lights with a UL Safety Certification, meaning that the lights have been designed to meet product safety specifications.
  • If you are in the market to purchase new Christmas lights, LED lights are a good option, for safety as well as using less electricity, making your electric bill lower during the holidays.
  • Make sure you are using a specific outlet for outdoor Christmas lights. We recommend a (GFCI) outlet, to prevent electrical shock from electrical systems that could be exposed to wet conditions such as snow or rain.
  • Christmas tree lights should not be left on for long periods of time overnight. We suggest investing in a light timer for your tree and lights to set off automatically every night, and then back on the next day. Not only could this save your home from a fire, but it could also save you money on your electric bill.
  • Never attempt to create or purchase a male-to-male cord if your lights are strung in such a way that you have female ends facing each other. This can cause electricity arcs and start fires!

In Conclusion

Inspect all your old Christmas lights and electric decorations for damage before use! If you can’t find new lights due to shipping delays and supply shortage, take care in using old lighting. You can find many festive alternatives, many of which can be used year-round as a bonus! If your home or commercial property experiences a holiday fire due to faulty or damaged holiday decorations, call Classic Construction for a free estimate on repairs. We work with your insurance company to quickly and correctly get your property restored and renewed!

Smoke Damage

Soot and Smoke Damage

What is soot and smoke damage?

Though most incidents of soot & smoke come directly from fire damage, even homes and structures that have not been burned can have an issue with soot and smoke damage from nearby fires and other causes. For example; excessive candle usage, defective fireplaces, as well as furnaces can lead to soot & smoke damage. Soot is usually formed by an incompletion of combusted carbon particles, but it can also contain detectable amounts of dust, metals, and chemicals.

Smoke Damage

Chemicals in Soot and Smoke Can Harm Your Health

Did you know that you could be breathing soot without you even knowing it? That’s because soot “particulate” is actually invisible. After a home fire, you’ll want to make sure to avoid the risks commonly associated with exposure – that includes respiratory issues, bronchitis, heart attack and even premature death. If you see the notorious black residue on your walls and around your home after a fire, that will be the easiest way to identify whether you are putting you and your family at risk for health issues caused by it.

Can I Clean It Myself? What Tools Do I Need?

Soot particulate is tough to remove because of its microscopic fine particles. There are quite a number of how-to articles that will give you directions using household chemicals like hydrogen peroxide, rubbing alcohol or other cleaning solutions. While it’s true that those types of cleaning techniques can remove soot with quite a bit of intense elbow grease, rubbing the soot in and having loose particles fly in the air are not just a hassle, but a health risk that most families wouldn’t want to take. Additionally when not used properly these chemicals can be harmful themselves.

When to Hire a Professional

You should hire a professional to clean soot after a house or business fire or if a major fire has happened nearby – the hidden chemicals, soot particulate, and general health concerns that breathing in soot causes are all things that our team has the right equipment for and the right experience to remove without adding any risk to your family or household.

Classic Construction has done many fire damage remediations for residential, multi-family, and commercial properties, are experts. You can trust us to keep your family safe!

If you have had a small fire in your home or business and need soot and smoke damage restoration and remediation, call us at (972) 437-0909 or book a free estimation today!

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