Heating fire safety

Facts about home heating fires From 2010-2012, an average of 45,200 home heating fires occurred in the United States each year. These fires caused an annual average of approximately 155 deaths, 625 injuries and $351 million in property loss. Heating was the second leading cause of home fires after cooking. Home heating fires peaked in the early evening hours between 5 and 9 p.m. with the highest peak between 6 and 8 p.m. This four-hour period accounted for 30 percent of all home heating fires. Home heating fires peaked in January (21 percent) and declined to the lowest point from June to August. Confined fires — fires confined to chimneys, flues or fuel burners — accounted for 84 percent of

Carbon Monoxide Safety

What is carbon monoxide? Carbon monoxide, also known as CO, is called the “Invisible Killer” because it's a colorless, odorless, poisonous gas. More than 150 people in the Unites States die every year from accidental nonfire-related CO poisoning associated with consumer products, including generators. Other products include faulty, improperly-used or incorrectly-vented fuel-burning appliances such as furnaces, stoves, water heaters and fireplaces. Source: Consumer Product Safety Commission Know the symptoms of CO poisoning Source: Consumer Product Safety Commission Because CO is odorless, colorless, and otherwise undetectable to the human senses, people may not know that they are being expos

Winter Fire Safety

Statistics to share The threat of winter fires is real. Use these statistics to help citizens understand the severity and prevalence of winter fires. 905 people die in winter home fires each year. $2,091,000,000 in property loss occurs from winter home fires. 67 percent of winter fires occur in one- and two-family homes. Cooking is the leading cause of all winter home fires. 5 to 8 p.m. is the most common time for winter home fires. Source: National Fire Incident Reporting System 2009-2011

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