Prevent Winter House Fires with FEMA's Safety Tips
January 16, 2014
Did you know that on average, at least 905 people die in winter house fires each year?
In fact, the majority of house fires in the United States take place in winter when families prepare holiday meals, heat their homes, and display decorations that may use unsafe heat sources. However, according to FEMA, the leading cause of winter house fires is cooking and the most common times for them to occur is between 5 to 8 p.m. which makes sense because that’s the same timeframe that many of us cook dinner in.
Since the threat of winter fires is very real and there are many statistics to show just how real and how common winter fires are, FEMA wants everyone to be informed and learn safety tips to protect themselves. Recently, FEMA launched a campaign to help families and communities learn winter fire safety.
Aside from the statistics, FEMA’s winter fire safety campaign offers downloads, links to winter safety tips, social media messages, public service announcements, and an infographic and widgets to place on websites to help spread the word about winter fire safety.
To find out the leading causes of winter house fires and tips to protect yourself against them, check out one of FEMA’s winter fire safety public service announcements below.
Learn more about FEMA’s winter fire safety campaign and how to protect yourself and family at FEMA.gov. And while you’re at it . . .