Home fires are more prevalent in the winter months due in part to an increase in cooking and heating fires. Winter storms can interrupt electrical service, causing people to turn to alternative sources for power, also contributing to an increased risk of fire. With these and other concerns in mind NFPA and the United States Fire Administration (USFA) have launched a campaign, Put a Freeze on Winter Fires, to promote fire safety during the winter months.
The campaign begins with a focus on cooking and heating safety. Cooking is the leading cause of home fires and home fire injuries, and heating is the second leading cause of home fire deaths behind smoking and the second leading cause of home fire injuries.
A press release provides an outline of the campaign. Put a Freeze on Winter Fires provides tip sheets, a safety quiz, videos, and other resources on how to prevent cooking, heating, and other types of fires.
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