Don’t let Phil the Groundhog fool you, winter won’t be packing her bags any time soon! Fire safety is important during any time of the year, but often gets overlooked during the blustery months of winter. According to the FEMA website, winter home fires are responsible for $2 billion in property damage and account for 30 percent of all fire deaths each year. Read on to learn more about winter fire risks and how to avoid them!
- Cooking accidents are the most common cause of winter house fires:
- Ovens and stovetops are for cooking ONLY, do not use them to heat your home.
- Remember to shut off your cooking source when you’re finished, use your phone to set a reminder!
- Heating your home is important during the winter months, but you must always do so safely:
- Install and test carbon monoxide and smoke alarms at least once per month
- Hire a professional to clean and inspect chimneys and vents yearly
- Allow a 3-foot clear radius around open fires and portable heaters
- Turn off portable heaters when you leave the room or go to bed
- Plug only one heating source into electrical outlets
- Use a metal or heat-tempered glass screen around fireplaces
- Keep doors closed on wood-burning stoves, unless you are adding wood or pellets
- Only use portable heaters with automatic shut-off
- Keep portable generators OUTSIDE and as far away from your home as possible
Fires can be prevented, but when disaster strikes please remember NCRI is here to help. We have the knowledge and the tools to make sure the job is done right!
CALL 24/7 for your emergency needs: 1.800.598.6274.