Posted: October 5, 2018
This autumn month is home to Fire Prevention Week (Oct. 7-13), sponsored by the National Fire Protection Association to commemorate the devastating Chicago Fire of 1871. Though the official cause of the Great Chicago Fire has never been confirmed, the most popular story blames the O’Leary family cow—said to have knocked over a barn lantern. More than 17,000 structures were destroyed in the Chicago blaze, leaving 300 people dead and another 100,000 homeless.
Today, U.S. fire departments respond to a house fire every 86 seconds, and cooking is the leading cause of home fires and fire-related injuries. Whether you’re planning to host a festive meal or you’re preparing your signature side dish for a potluck, keep these tips in mind. From having an escape plan to using candles wisely, fire and cooking safety help ensure a happy holiday and winter season.
Exterior decorative lighting is a festive way to share holiday cheer, but it can also pose a fire hazard when it’s not installed correctly. Maglio Electric’s licensed electricians specialize in interior and exterior lighting safety and offer electrical inspections that safeguard your home and family. And, since autumn and winter weather are unpredictable, call our team for whole-house generator installation. With reliable backup power, the festivities can go on—even when inclement weather threatens the party.
To learn more, call 908.735.6218 or contact us online for electrical upgrades, code corrections, smoke alarm services and more.
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