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Statistics on Winter Home Fires…and preventing them!

1/5/2020 (Permalink)

According to the US Fire Administration (https://www.usfa.fema.gov/prevention/outreach/heating.html)

  • 890 people die in winter home fires each year.
  • $2 billion in property loss occurs each year from winter home fires.
  • Winter home fires account for only 8 percent of the total number of fires in the U.S., but result in 30 percent of all fire deaths.
  • Cooking is the leading cause of all winter home fires.
  • A heat source too close to combustibles is the leading factor contributing to the start of a winter home fire (15 percent).
  • 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. is the most common time for winter home fires.

Don’t let your family become a statistic, follow these tips to help prevent home fires.

  • Use a metal or glass fireplace screen to keep sparks from hitting nearby carpets or furniture.
  • Keep kindling, paper, and décor away from fireplaces and wood stoves.
  • Keep space heaters at least 3 feet away from anything that can burn - including furniture, blankets, curtains, and paper products
  • Choose space heaters that turn off automatically if they tip over.
  • Purchase and use only space heaters that have the label of a recognized testing laboratory.

If ever you find yourself in a situation that requires assistance after a home fire, SERVPRO of Beachwood / Shaker Heights / Cleveland Heights is here for you 24/7.  Please call us at 216-464-4498.

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