Winter Fire Safety
According to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA):
- Generally, December, January and February are the deadliest months for fires.
- The top 10 days for home fires in recent years were all between December 24 and January 6.
- Cooking and heating are the leading causes of home fires in the months of December through February.
- Candle fires have nearly tripled in the past decade. Nearly twice as many home candle fires occur in December than any other month, perhaps because of holiday decorations and rituals.
Is Your Smoke Alarm Working?
A home fire impacts the life of an American family every 85 seconds. By providing an early warning and critical extra seconds to escape, smoke alarms cut in half your family's risk of dying in a home fire--but only if they work. So, when you turn your clocks ahead the first Sunday in April or back on the last Sunday in October, also make a life saving change in your household--change the batteries in your smoke alarms.