Home fires can happen in all months of the year – the cold, winter months see a lot of fires, just as much as the warmer summer months. Keeping some tips in mind for the safety of you and your home can help you prevent house fires from happening. This keeps everyone safe and also helps you have peace of mind knowing you’re out of the harms way.
According to the National Fire Protection Association, many home fires occur the most often in winter months. Heating equipment used inside the home is the second leading cause of home fires, injuries and deaths throughout the US every year.
The United States Fire Administration reports that home fires in the winter claim over 900 lives a year and cause over $2 billion in damages. By understanding the risks and knowing these statistics, you can reduce the risks of having a winter home fire.
Common Winter Home Fire Causes
- Kitchen or cooking accidents
- Indoor and outdoor decorations from the holidays
- Heating equipment throughout the home
- Dry Christmas trees left in the home
- Wood stoves and fireplaces
- Portable generators
Winter Safety Tips
We have provided some winter safety tips to ensure that the home stays safe during the winter months. Fires happen all the time and by reducing the chances of having one started, you can remain safe all year round. Don’t put anyone at risk by using our safety tips.
Always Use Safe Heating Practices
Two of five fires occur because of the use of space heaters. If you use one in your home, make sure that it auto shuts off in case it tips over or causes a fire close to something.
Do not place the space heaters next to anything that can be flammable such as furniture, clothing, bedding or other materials. 3 feet should be maintained between the heater and the items at all times.
Always keep the doors on your wood stove closed. You should only open them when stoking the fire or adding more wood.
Use a screen on the fireplace always and make sure that the chimney to the fireplace is inspected regularly.
Always Cook Safely in the Kitchen
Do not leave the stove or other cooking appliances alone while cooking something on or in them. Immediately turn the burner or device off if there is smoke or a small fire.
If there is no one in the kitchen, make sure all kitchen devices are completely shut off.
Make sure that all handles to pots and pans are facing the back of the stove to prevent burns or falls.
Do not allow the kitchen to become overcrowded, since this can cause a lot of confusion and even cause a fire to happen when something lands on the oven or stove.
Do not let your clothing catch fire and make sure to roll up your sleeves and make sure your garments are tucked in.
Keep a thick lid near your reach to put out any fires that you come into contact with.
Practice Fire Safety During the Holidays
Make sure to turn the holiday lights off and not to keep them on throughout the entire holiday. Also, do not connect more than three strands of lights together at a time.
Never leave burning candles unattended and keep them away from anything flammable. Remember, even wood floors are flammable!
Always have a fire safety plan in place and make sure that the entire family knows what to do in case there is a fire. Have a meeting spot and practice safe fire tips.
Make sure to keep these tips in mind when it comes to having a safer, better home in the end, even during the winter months. You don’t want to worry about having your home burn down. Speak with us here at ServiceMaster Recovery Services for more information.