Winter months are leading home fire months

fireCooking, heating, holiday decorations and candles all contribute to an increased risk of fire during the winter months.

The National Fire Protection Association and the United States Fire Administration are working to help reduce the risk of winter fires and other hazards, including carbon monoxide poisoning and electrical fires, through education.

Half of home heating fires are reported between November and January; such fires are the leading cause of home fire-related deaths.

“It’s important to keep anything that can burn at least 3 feet away from heating devices like furnaces, fireplaces, wood stoves or portable heaters,” said Kevin Bartal, safety coordinator for Virginia Farm Bureau.

Keep a 3-foot “kid-free zone” around open fires and space heaters to keep children safe. Also, never use an oven to heat a home, even during a power failure.

“It’s important to have heating equipment and chimneys inspected by professionals each year before the weather turns cold,” Bartal said.

Some people leave their Christmas trees up longer than others, and it’s important to remember that when those trees dry out they can catch fire and burn quickly. Christmas tree fires are not common, but when they do occur they’re much more likely to be deadly than other fires, according to NFPA.

Candles, another holiday and winter decorative element, were the cause of nearly 9,300 U.S. home structure fires between 2009 and 2013. Falling asleep and leaving a candle burning is the leading cause of a such fires; roughly one-third of candle fires start in bedrooms, and more than half occur when a candle is left burning too close to a combustible item.

For more information on home fire prevention, visit nfpa.org.

Books from AFP

2018-19 UVA Basketball Preview: Just $1.99 on Amazon!

UVA Basketball finished the 2017-18 season ranked at the top of the national polls. Augusta Free Press editor Chris Graham offers his insight and analysis on the 2018-19 'Hoos, breaking down the roster, the legacy of coach Tony Bennett, and how the loss to UMBC could fuel a run through March Madness next spring.

The Worst Wrestling Pay-Per-View Ever: Just $3.49 on Amazon!

Chris Graham offers a glimpse behind the curtain of the pro wrestling business in his new book, The Worst Wrestling Pay-Per-View Ever, the inside story of the 2011 Night of Legends, a live pay-per-view event featuring stars including WWE Hall of Famers Kevin Nash, "Hacksaw" Jim Duggan and The Rock 'n Roll Express that was met with almost universally negative reviews.

Mad About U: History of University Hall available on Amazon for just $5.99!

Mad About U: Four Decades of at University Hall is a comprehensive book covering the players, coaches and memories of University Hall at the University of Virginia. Join us as we look back at the memories from more than 40 years in U Hall.


News From Around the Web


Shop Google



Comment