While house fires are always a risk, December, January, February, and March are actually peak months for home fire deaths.
Hundreds of thousands of home fires are reported in the United States each year, resulting in thousands of deaths, tens of thousands of injuries, and billions of dollars in property damage.
In the United States, nearly 4,000 civilians die each year from house fires—that’s about one every three hours. And about 80% of all civilian deaths from fire occur in the home.
These statistics are difficult to hear, but are intended to help promote safety in the home and empower individuals to know how to prevent fires—plus respond quickly and effectively if caught in a house fire emergency.
Winter-Related Fire Causes
The following are common causes of house fires during winter months.
To help reduce house fire risk, implement these safe practices.
Be sure to clean wood burning devices often, including chimneys and connecters. Keep an eye out for fuel spills and leaks in liquid or gas-fueled heating equipment. Don’t place space heaters near combustibles or flammable items.
Avoid smoking near flammable material, and put out cigarettes in a space place.
Never leave stovetops, deep-fryers, or other flammable cooking sources unattended.
In case of power outages, use flashlights instead of candles for light. Don’t leave candles burning unattended. Don’t place candles near any combustible materials or holiday decorations.
Be cautious when using Christmas tree lights, cords, and plugs—especially when using a real tree.
Fire Damage Cleanup And Smoke Restoration In Lehi, Provo, And American Fork, Utah
If you do find yourself in a fire damage situation this winter season, Delta Restoration Services can help with fast, efficient, and afford cleanup and smoke restoration.
We’re here when you need us most—always just a phone call away.