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Safe at Home Kitchens, Fireplaces and Clothes Dryers Need Special Attention to Avoid Winter Fires

As the days grow shorter and the temperature drops, we naturally begin spending more time indoors. We get caught up on housework, enjoy spending time cooking, sitting in front of a good fire, or perhaps just enjoying the flickering glow of scented candles on a blustery day. We sometimes forget these everyday activities can be dangerous, and we become careless.

Countless fires and millions of dollarsworth of property damage occur each year as a result of mishaps related to cooking, washing and drying clothes, lighting fires in the fireplace, and burning decorative candles.

Condominium unit owners and apartment dwellers face added risks. They live in close proximity to others engaging in these same activities. Many condo associations take steps to limit high-risk activity. They ban the use of gas grills and other items considered dangerous. But we all need our stoves and clothes dryers.

There are steps each association and unit owner can take to greatly reduce the probability of encountering problems operating these appliances. The following suggestions will help ensure a safe and happy winter season.

Preventing Kitchen Fires

Two out of three residential fires begin in the kitchen and most occur between the hours of 5 and 6 p.m. when dinner is being prepared. People between the ages of 19 and 49 most commonly start these fires. Family members extinguish the great majority of them. Half of the fires put out at home are done so incorrectly, resulting in greater property damage and injury. Taking the following basic precautionscan prevent most kitchen fires.

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