The United State Fire Administration (USFA) and National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) are working together to remind everyone that home fires are more prevalent in winter than in any other season. This is 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 risk of fire in winter. Winter fires can be prevented! Learn more about maintaining a fire-safe home this winter season at USFA's website.
Winter fire safety tips from NFPA A focus on heating safety
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.
It's never too early to begin preparing for the heating season. NFPA offers 10 tips to check off your list (PDF, 352 KB) and get ahead of the winter freeze.
Be safe and warm this winter
Keep anything that can burn at least three feet away from heating equipment, like the furnace, fireplace, wood stove, or portable sapce heater.
Have a three-foot “kid-free zone” around open fires and space heaters.
We have a Certified Technician for Child Passenger Safety at Black Jack Fire Protection.
Please bring your car seats to
House #3, 5675 N. Hwy 67, for a safety check and/or installation,
or call 314-741-9905 and ask for Nancy.