December isn’t just the start of the holiday season. Unfortunately, it is also the start of the house fire season. While many homeowners in Miami-Dade and Broward County are busy putting up their Christmas trees, lights and decorations, many are unaware of the dangers and risks they are placing on their property. According to the National Fire Protection Association. Although many of these fires are blamed on faulty Christmas decorations, there are some other hidden dangers many homeowners often overlook.
‘Tis The Season For House Fires
Each year countless homes throughout the Sunshine State suffer fire damage. But no month is more dangerous than December. It is no coincidence more house fire happen during the holidays than during any other time of the year. In addition to Christmas decorations, there is increased use of candles. As the weather gets cooler, more people begin using their heating systems for the first time in months and sometimes years. According to the National Fire Protection Association, 1 out of every 32 reported house fires that started with a Christmas tree resulted in at least one death. During the remainder of the year, that ratio drops dramatically to one death in every 343 house fires. In addition to holiday decoration, other common causes of house fires during the holiday season include the increased use of candles, fireworks and holiday cooking.
Each year, candles cause nearly 15,000 house fires throughout the country. Because candles are a popular holiday decoration, many homeowners tend to neglect these hazards. It is important to extinguish all of your candles before you go to bed or leave the house. In far too many cases, house fires are caused by candles that are left unattended.
The Hazards of Christmas Trees
The holiday season isn’t complete without a Christmas tree. They are the most popular holiday decoration. But they also bring the potential of many dangers to your home. Although the tree itself is relatively safe, it can quickly become an inferno when combined with electrical lights that have strands of frayed wires. It only takes seconds for these fires to start. One of the best ways to avoid fire damage from Christmas trees is to make sure you live tree has sufficient water levels. It is also best to turn off your lights when going to bed. But most importantly, make sure your tree is not exposed to any frayed wires.
The holidays are often a time for family and friends to get together. Although cooking fires can happen during any time of the year, they are even more common in December. It can very easy to forget you turn off your stove. Many people also like to experiment with different types of recipes they would not ordinarily try during the rest of the year. Whether it is deep frying a turkey in November or simply cooking a massive meal for a large amount of people, your kitchen can easily become a disaster waiting to happen.
Has Your Fire Damage Claim Been Underpaid or Denied? Miami Insurance Claims Attorney Jonathan Korin Can Help
Dealing with insurance companies can be confusing and frustrating. When your fire damage claim has been underpaid or denied, it can leave homeowners in a difficult financial position. Homeowners depend on proper compensation to account for damages and repairs. Fortunately there are solutions. Over the years, Miami home insurance attorney Jonathan Korin has successfully represented many residential and commercial property owners for fire damage claims. He and his legal team at Korin Law, P.A. utilize an aggressive and comprehensive approach to protect the rights of homeowners to ensure they are placed in the best position to succeed. To learn more, contact his Miami law office today and schedule a consultation to discuss your case.