Fire Safety Articles
The threat of winter fires is real, Home fires occur more in winter than in any other season. As you stay cozy and warm this winter season, be fire smart!
Winter Safety Tips
· Keep anything that can burn at least 3 feet from any heat source like fireplaces, wood stoves, radiators, or space heaters.
· Plug only 1 heat-producing appliance (such as a space heater) into an electrical outlet at a time.
· 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 from your home and any nearby buildings.
Did you know Thanksgiving is the peak day for home cooking fires?Frying food is the greatest risk of cooking fires.Two-thirds (67 percent) of home cooking fires start when food or cooking materials catch on fire.More than half (55 percent) of home cooking fire injuries happen when people try to fight the fire themselves.Five dangers of deep frying a turkey:1. Turkey fryers can easily tip over, spilling hot cooking oil over a large area.2. An overfilled cooking pot will cause cooking oil to spill when the turkey is put in, and a partially frozen turkey will cause cooking oil to splatter when put in the pot.3. Even a small amount of cooking oil spilling on a hot burner can cause a large fire.4. Without thermostat controls, deep fryers can overheat oil to the point of starting a fire.5. The sides of the cooking pot, lid and pot handles can get dangerously hot.
Fire Is Everyone’s Fight™ is a national effort led by the U.S. Fire Administration (USFA) to lower the number of home fires and home fire injuries in America. Along with USFA and partner organizations across the country, the fire community is speaking out with a unified message of fire prevention and safety to the public. The goal is to change how people think about fire and fire prevention using social marketing strategies to address the broadest possible audience.
The fire problem in the United States is an ongoing and continuous battle for the fire service and the public alike. Eighty-one percent of all fire deaths and 76 percent of all fire injuries occur in residential buildings.
Each year there is an estimated:
· 365,500 residential building fires
· 2,560 deaths
· 13,275 injuries
· $6.6 billion in property loss
The United States Fire Administration (USFA) and the 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! The following link will provide you some fire safety tips that can help you maintain a fire-safe home this winter season.