Causes of Winter Fires

Seasonal - Winter
By: jseven    
19-Dec-2012

Introduction:Winter fires are something no one wants to experience but statistics show that they are higher during the holiday season.

The National Fire Protection Association reports that half of all home fires occurs in the months of December, January and February. The main cause is home heating equipment.

There were 57,100 fires in 2010 that caused 490 civilian deaths, 1,530 civilian injuries with $1.1 billion in property damage.

Here are safety tips for all to follow. Please practice fire safety!

  • 01

    Monitor Space Heaters at All Times

    Space heaters cause one third of all home fires and 80 per cent of home heating fire deaths. Never leave the heater going without being in the room with it and NEVER leave children alone with it.

    See links below.

  • 02

    Keep Anything That Burns Out of the Fire Zone

    Keep anything that will burn at least 3 feet away from the heating device. This includes a space heater, furnace, wood stove and fireplace.

    51 per cent of home fire deaths was due to furniture, mattress, bedding clothing and anything else that can burn, too close to the heating device.

  • 03

    Clean Out Creosote

    Stats show that 26 per cent of home heating fires were due to creosote build up in mostly chimneys. You can call a chimney service to do this for you and feel safer!

  • 04

    Have a No Kid Zone

    Develop and enforce a three-foot no-kid zone around any open fires and heaters. Never use an oven to heat the home.
    Children in burn units break many hearts and we the adults are their caretakers. Do be safe!

  • 05

    Have Working Smoke and Fire Alarms

    Always have enough smoke and fire alarms so each room in the house will be alerted by it. Change the batteries as needed. Test them often to see if they work, it is a small price to pay to avoid injury or death.

    The peak of home heating fires is between 6 p.m. and 8 p.m. The peak of associated deaths is between 2 a.m and 4 a.m.





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