Winter Weather Increases Heating-Related Fires
Homeowners Asked to be Safe with Heating Equipment
Sacramento - Winter is here! The days are shorter, the outside temperature is lower, and in some places, it’s cold, icy and snowy. No matter where you live, winter brings a change in weather and a time to think about home-heating safety. Improper use or poorly maintained heating equipment is one of the leading causes of home fires and home fire deaths across the country. In fact, half of all home heating fires are reported during the months of December, January and February.
“The cooler weather means an increase in usage of space heaters, fireplaces and other heating devices,” said State Fire Marshal Tonya Hoover, CAL FIRE – Office of the State Fire Marshal. “Sadly, when not used safely, heaters and fireplaces can often lead to fires, injuries and deaths that could have easily been prevented.”
With a few simple safety tips and precautions, you can prevent most heating fires from happening.
CAL FIRE offers the following fire safety tips:
For more information on safe home heating visit the CAL FIRE website at www.fire.ca.gov.