The United State Fire Administration (USFA) and 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.
It’s also important to remember that while our thoughts turn to decorations, lights and Christmas trees this month we don’t often think about brush, grass and forest fires. But for those of us living in areas that are experiencing increased drought, warmer temperatures and minimal snowpack, wildfire risk is high. Stay tuned to the Firewise website for our “12 Days of Firewise” wildfire safety tip sheet and videos that can help you and your family stay fire-safe around your home and property this holiday season and all winter long.