Today kicks off our “Put a Freeze on Winter Fires” campaign with the U.S. Fire Administration (USFA). For the fourth year, we’re teaming up to educate the public about potential home fire hazards during the winter months and ways to prevent them.
December, January and February are the leading months for home fires in the U.S. Cooking is the leading cause of home structure fires and injuries, while heating equipment is the second leading cause of home fires and home fire deaths. These and other fire risks associated with the winter and holiday season, including Christmas trees and holiday decorations (particularly those involving candles), will be addressed throughout the campaign.
Fortunately, the vast majority of home fires can be avoided by following some simple safety precautions. “Put a Freeze on Winter Fires” offers a wealth of tips and recommendations for doing just that during the colder months ahead.
Visit www.nfpa.org/winter and www.usfa.fema.gov/winter for safety tips, videos and recommendations on staying fire-safe this winter. There’s also a wealth of resources for fire departments and safety educators working to educate their communities about these issues.