Put a Freeze on Winter Fires
According to FEMA, home fires occur more in winter than in any other season.
- Half of all home heating fires occur in the months of December, January & February.
- Heating equipment is involved in 1 in every 6 reported home fires & 1 in every 5 home fire deaths.
Here are some tips to avoid damage to your property this winter:
- Keep anything that can burn at least 3 feet away from any heat source like fireplaces, wood stoves, radiators or space heaters.
- Keep portable generators outside, away from windows and as far away as possible from your house.
- Install and test carbon monoxide alarms at least once a month.
- Have a qualified professional clean and inspect your chimney and vents every year.
- Store cooled ashes in a tightly covered metal container, and keep it outside at least 10 feet from your home and any nearby buildings.
- Plug only 1 heat-producing appliance (such as a space heater) into an electrical outlet at a time.
For more information on how to prevent winter fires, you can visit www.usfa.fema.gov/winter/