Reasons for an Increase in Cold-Weather Fires | SERVPRO® of North Lawrenceville
While colder weather brings on many good things, many do not realize that it also brings on an increase in the likelihood of a house fire. Winter is the most common time of year for a house fire to occur, so while fire prevention is important year-round, it should be something given extra focus as the temperatures drop.
An Increase in Cooking
Regardless of the weather, cooking is always the top cause of residential fires throughout the year, and in winter, this only increases. Because more baking, entertaining and holiday dinner celebrations happen in the winter, there is more of an opportunity for fires to occur within the kitchen.
The Risk of Heaters
The use of small heaters and fireplaces to heat the home is a great way to save on your heat expenses, as long as it is done safely. Unsafe heating is the second most common fire starter during the winter months, but ensuring any small heaters have safety features on them and always using the fireplace grate can do wonders for fire prevention.
Candles and Decorations
Holiday decorations are a fun way to bring a festive touch to your home, but it is important to exercise caution as well. Many electronic decorations have components that can deteriorate in storage, increasing the opportunity for an electrical fire. Additionally, candles always present an increased hazard, so it is essential to never leave open flames unattended.
Because winter fires do happen at such an increased rate, understanding the why and how of prevention is vital to protecting your household. With these wintertime-specific fire prevention tips, you can ensure you are doing everything you can to lessen the rate of cold-weather fires:
- 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.