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Holiday Season Indoor Air Quality and Fire Prevention Tips for Residents of Puerto Rico

Zimmetry Environmental provides advice and resources for people faced with indoor environmental quality issues in their homes and businesses.

Bayamon, Puerto Rico – WEBWIRE

Unfortunately, the holiday season is also a time when indoor air quality (IAQ) issues frequently occur and the number of fires peak.

The holiday season is a festive time for friends and family in Puerto Rico to gather and enjoy the ambience of the holidays.  Holiday meals, decorations and candles are all common during these gathering. Unfortunately, the holiday season is also a time when indoor air quality (IAQ) issues frequently occur and the number of fires peak.
IAQ issues can be caused by many factors. Some people use artificial fragrances and air fresheners during the holidays that release chemicals into the air that may act as a respiratory irritant or even an asthma trigger.  Holiday candles can not only release fragrances into the air, but also particulates and soot that can discolor surfaces and cause air quality issues. Even the presence of real Christmas trees and wreaths may introduce mold into the air.
“The holiday season is also one of the busiest times of the year for fires in residential properties,” said Harry Pena, President of Zimmetry Environmental. “In fact, according to the U.S. Fire Administration, nearly 47,000 fires occur during the winter holidays. These fires claim over 500 lives and result in over $500 million in property damage. Cooking is the number one cause of fires during the holiday season and fires caused by candles are 4 times more likely to occur during this time. These are just a few of the reasons why it is so important that homes have both operational smoke detectors and carbon monoxide sensors.”
The following are a few tips to help prevent fires and indoor air quality issues during the holidays from the professionals at Zimmetry Environmental:

  • Keep candles to a minimum and be sure they are extinguished when people are not around
  • Ensure there is enough ventilation to keep indoor pollutants from building up
  • Avoid using artificial fragrances and air fresheners
  • Dust holiday decorations stored in attics and other places outside before bring them into the home
  • Be sure that there is a fire extinguisher in the property
  • Keep real Christmas trees moist with plenty of water and keep sources of heat and open flames away for all types of trees and decorations
  • Do not overload circuits or use holiday lights that are frayed and turn lights off when people are not around or have gone to bed
  • Don’t leave food cooking in the kitchen unattended and deep-fry turkeys outdoors in a safe area away from the home

People in Puerto Rico and across the Caribbean that are faced with indoor air quality or smoke and soot residue issues in their home or business can depend on Zimmetry’s building science and indoor environmental quality professionals for help. They offer testing and inspection services to identify and resolve a broad range of IAQ issues. Zimmetry also recently sponsored a video about avoiding indoor air quality and fire hazards during the holiday season that can be seen at:
To learn more about Zimmetry Environmental and their building science, indoor environmental quality, compliance and consulting services, please visit, call (787) 995.0005 or email .
About Zimmetry Environmental
Since 2002, Zimmetry Environmental has been providing environmental consulting services to building owners and managers, architects, engineers, EHS professionals and Fortune 500 companies.  The company is based in Puerto Rico and provides services across the Caribbean and Central America.  The professionals at Zimmetry offer environmental compliance, indoor air quality, asbestos, lead-based paint, Phase I ESAs and general environmental consulting services.

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