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01/09/2017
Each year it seems like the same story; winter is here, and we all pretend that it’s the first time. Suddenly, all of the months leading up to it which could have been used for winter preparation and home maintenance are gone, and you’re left with cold weather. And as romantic as the cold weather can be, it isn’t always easy to stay warm. Which is where this post can help.

Using Heating Appliances Safely

With extensive experience providing restoration for homeowners who have suffered fire damage in their home caused by winter heating appliances, DKI Buffalo Builders has some information below to share which can help you and your family to stay warm and to stay safe this winter period.

Fireplace

The first, and always the most appealing, is the fireplace. Whether it’s the crackling of the wood or the magical warmth that it provides, a fireplace is one of the nicest ways to keep you and your home during the cold. However, they aren’t without their dangers. If you are planning to use your fireplace this winter season, consider these safety tips:
  • Always have it professionally cleaned before using it after an extended break
  • Always ensure that there is a guard around the fireplace to catch spitting embers
  • Be sure to remove any decorations from around the fireplace which could catch on fire
  • Educate yourself and your family about how to safely use a fireplace
  • Make sure the fireplace is clean before you use it each time
  • Don’t overstock the fire to cause the flames to grow too high
  • Never leave a fire unattended - especially when going to sleep!

Space Heater

No, these aren’t futuristic devices used to heat spaceships. Instead, they are usually small devices which can often put out a lot of heat when you consider their size. Their low purchase cost also makes them appealing for those looking to heat multiple areas. When using your space heater, keep these tips in mind:
  • Never cover a space heater with any objects
  • Don’t hang your clothes to dry next to a space heater
  • Ensure any space heater you buy includes safety features, such as:
    • Turns off if it gets too hot
    • Turns off if it falls over
  • Don’t place your space heater close to a wall
  • Don’t place a space heater under or close to curtains
  • And of course, never leave a space heater unattended
Space heaters can be a great source of heat. However, it’s important to note that improper use can lead to serious fire damage to your home. If you have used a space heater or any other type of heating appliance which has caused fire damage to your home, resist the urge to do the repair work yourself. Instead, speak with somebody who knows what they’re doing. Call DKI Buffalo Builders at 866 801 8100 to find out how quickly and safely your property can be restored.

Electric Blankets

Is there any better feeling than crawling into a bed which is already toasty warm, on a cold winter night? Unlikely? However, just like all heating appliances, there is a safe way to use them and a very unsafe way. Below are some ways to avoid using an electric blanket unsafely.
  • Never sleep with an electric blanket turned on
  • Don’t pile your bed with blankets and pillows before turning on an electric blanket
  • If it feels too hot, draw back the covers and let hot air out
  • If the person sleeping has concerns with wetting the bed, don’t use an electric blanket, whether the person is in bed, or not. Any accidents overnight can cause serious wire damage that you might not see until you turn it on the next time.

Personal Heating Blanket

Remember the question above? If there were to be a better feeling, it would definitely be sitting on the couch with your own personal heating blanket. Luckily, these exist, and can be used as a great way to keep yourself warm. When using one, keep these in mind:
  • Don’t leave your heating blanket turned on an unattended
  • Don’t use it when your sleep
  • Don’t turn it all the way up and then down again - find a comfortable temperature
  • Be careful that you don't sit on the cord

Property Restoration in Teller County

If you have been unlucky enough to suffer from fire or any other type of damage to your home, it can be tempting to think that you can do it yourself. However, with strict building codes and safety requirements, these jobs are better left to the professionals. To get your property restored safely and quickly, speak with DKI Buffalo Builders at 866 801 8100 and ask about how professional fire damage restoration services in Teller County can help to get your property and life back on track.