Winter is the most likely time of year to have a home fire. Half of all home fires occur in December, January, and February.

Below are some of the most common causes of winter home fires and some safety tips. 

  • One in every seven home fires and one in every 5 home fire deaths occur due to faulty heating equipment. 
  • Keep all combustible items at least three feet away from any heat source like fireplaces, wood stoves, furnaces or space heaters. 
  • Keep portable generators outside, away from windows and doors, and as far away as possible. 
  • Install and test carbon monoxide detectors at least once a month
  • Plus only ONE heat-producing device into an electrical outlet at a time. Preferably the only device using that plug. 
  • Clean and inspect your chimneys once a year. Especially if you use fireplaces or wood stoves. 
  • Store cooled ashes outside in a STEEL container and keep it at least ten feet from your home. 

You can download these tips from the NFPA as a handy infographic.   Download Infographic



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