Keep fire safety in mind as next winter storm approaches

Blog Post created by ryan.quinn Employee on Feb 20, 2015

As record cold temperatures grip much of the US and the next winter storm forecasted to hit the South, Midwest and Northeast this weekend, NFPA reminds everyone to keep winter fire safety in mind.  Winter storm Pandora_Feb 20

With more snow on its way, on top of record snowfall for many areas, it’s important to make sure that all doors are shoveled clear and can open easily. Open doorways and having two ways out of every room, are key parts of a home fire escape plan

Home heating equipment is the second leading cause of U.S. home fires and home fire deaths, with February being one of the three leading months for home heating fires. In addition, improperly used or malfunctioning heating equipment can create carbon monoxide (CO), a poisonous, potentially fatal gas in the home.   

Unattended heating equipment is the leading cause of home heating fires. NFPA recommends monitoring all heating equipment carefully, particularly space heaters. Whether portable or stationary, space heaters account for one-third of home heating fires and four out of five, home heating fire deaths on average per year.

Also, when considering potential power outages, NFPA strongly encourages having flashlights and battery-powered lighting at the ready; never use candles to light your home. 

For more information, visit “Put a Freeze on Winter Fires”, NFPA’s winter safety campaign with the U.S. Fire Administration.

Stay safe with more winter ahead!