PUT A FREEZE ON WINTER FIRES – from the National Fire Protection Association
www.nfpa.org – The United State Fire Administration (USFA) and NFPA are working together to remind everyone that home fires are more prevalent in winter than in any other season, due in part to an increase in cooking and heating fires. Holiday decorations and winter storms that can interrupt electrical service and cause people to turn to alternative heating sources also contribute to the increased fire risk.
Cooking is the leading cause of home fires and related injuries.
- NFPA report: Home Fires Involving Cooking Equipment
- Cooking fire fact sheet (with free safety tip sheet)
- Thanksgiving fire fact sheet (with free safety tip sheet)
- NFPA discourages the use of outdoor gas-fueled turkey fryers that immerse the turkey in hot oil.
- NFPA’s online toolkit includes the resources you need for acommunity cooking safety campaign.
Take a few minutes and read our heating (PDF, 634 KB) and new portable fireplace (PDF, 470 KB) tip sheets, and make sure your home is safe this winter. NFPA also offers 10 tips to check off your list (PDF, 352 KB) and get ahead of the winter freeze.Heating equipment is one of the leading causes of home fires during the winter months. In fact, half of all home heating fires occur in December, January, and February. According to NFPA’s Home Fires Involving Heating Equipment report, heating equipment was involved in an estimated 57,100 reported home structure fires in 2010, resulting in 490 civilian deaths, 1,530 civilian injuries, and $1.1 billion in direct property damage.