Thousands of fires occur during the holiday season, many of which result in serious injuries, loss of life, and property destruction. While you’re entertaining your family and friends this holiday season, remember to take a few precautions to reduce the risk of a house fire. In the event that a house fire in the West Hills area does occur, the emergency care team at West Hills Hospital is ready to help on a 24/7 basis.
It is essential to have working smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors in your home. Check the batteries in the alarms every month. Every six months, replace the batteries even if they are still working. Having working alarms on every level of your home can save lives.
The most obvious holiday fire hazards include candles , fireplaces, and decorative lights. Because of this, it might surprise you to learn that a leading cause of holiday fires is actually cooking. When you’re entertaining guests and preparing a meal simultaneously, it’s easy to become distracted and leave a pan on a lit stove. Try taking a potholder with you each time you leave the kitchen to remind yourself that the stove is on. Remember to keep a fire extinguisher close to the kitchen.
If your holiday decorating plans include a tree, you should be aware that pine trees are extremely flammable. It takes very little time for a dry tree to spread fire to the entire room. Purchase the freshest live tree you can find and request that a few inches of the trunk be trimmed off before you take it home. Place the tree away from heat sources and water it daily. Inspect decorative lights and avoid using any that appear damaged. Never leave candles unattended and place them away from anything flammable. Alternatively, consider using flameless LED candles to decorate your home for the holidays.
Individuals with burn injuries who arrive at the West Hills Hospital emergency care department will receive rapid, comprehensive care at our world-renowned Grossman Burn Center . The Grossman Burn Center features a highly trained medical team that provides a continuum of care—from acute care to rehabilitation to psychological counseling. If you require emergency care in the West Hills area, please call 911 immediately; otherwise, call (818) 676-4321 for our Consult-A-Nurse line.