A Guide to Winter House Fires and How to Prevent Them | SERVPRO® of Romulus
In an interesting phenomenon, when the temperatures begin to dip lower, the rate of house fires begin to increase.
Winter is always the most common time for house fires in the U.S. to occur, and there are several factors that combine to create their increase. By understanding why this happens and how to best prevent these winter-specific fire starters, individuals can practice a season-specific type of fire safety.
<h3guide-to-winter-house-fire-reasons">Your Guide to Winter House Fire Reasons
An Increase in Cooking
Consistently, cooking is found to be the top cause of house fires beginning at any time of year. Not only does this remain true in the winter, but the rate of cooking fires continues to increase. Large dinners, unfamiliar recipes and multiple cooks in the kitchen may be to blame, but practicing cooking safely every time is a good place to start.
The Risk of Heaters
During cold winters, exclusively using your home’s central heater can cause astronomical bills, which has led to the rise of personal heaters and wood stoves for warmth. While these methods can be safe, using them improperly leads to the cause of the second-most winter fires each year. These are a great way to save, but only if they are used safely.
Candles and Decorations
Winter is also the most common time for holiday decorations, which can lead to new hazards that arise as they are pulled out of storage. Components of string lights and other electronics are susceptible to wear and tear, leading to frays or overheating that can start a fire. Candles are another common type of decoration, but their open flames can do damage if left unattended.
<h3to-prevent-winter-fires">How to Prevent Winter Fires
Being aware of the risks specific to winter fires is a great place to begin as you work towards fire safety during the winter months and year-round. By being cautious when cooking, heating and decorating in the home, individuals can do a lot to make sure activities are safe.
Here are some other fire prevention tips that are important to note:
- Check smoke alarms once every 30 days and replace every 10 years.
- Always monitor open flames.
- Select space heaters with automatic shut-offs in case they tip over.
- Utilize a screen every time you use a fireplace.
- Draft and practice an emergency escape plan with your household.
If your home has been impacted by a fire, call us right away. We are leaders in restoration and can help you recover quickly after a fire occurs.