How cold is it? Temperatures across the U.S. plummet as home fire risks increase

Blog Post created by freddurso Employee on Jan 6, 2014

ThermometerTemperatures in certain regions of the U.S. aren't just frigid, they're dangerous. Some midwestern states are reporting temperatures well below zero, with the wind chill below -60 degrees in some areas. Some locations haven't been this chilly in nearly two decades, reports USA Today.

An unfortunate consequence of this cold snap is the rise of house fires in certain cities. "We've had an increasing number of fires because of the cold weather," Massachusetts State Fire Marshal Stephen Coan told The Boston Globe. "Most are related to heating." The paper reports that the Red Cross has assisted more than 100 people displaced by fires since New Year's Eve.

As the temps continue to plummet, keep in mind these heating safety tips highlighted in the Put a Freeze on Winter Fires Campaign developed by NFPA and the U.S. Fire Administration.

Also, let us know how cold it is in your neck of the woods and how you're safely keeping warm.