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Top Reasons House Fires Start in the Winter Season | SERVPRO of Huntington

5/11/2024 (Permalink)

Feet in wool socks near fireplace in winter time Keep you and yours safe this holiday season with some fire safety tips from SERVPRO of Huntington.

Winter in Huntington brings chilly temperatures and cozy nights by the fireplace. However, it also brings an increased risk of house fires. Understanding the common causes of winter fires can help you protect your home and loved ones.

Learn along with us about the top most common reasons for house fires in our community even when the temperature drops below freezing. 

Heating Systems
One of the leading causes of house fires in the winter is heating systems. Furnaces, space heaters and fireplaces work overtime to keep homes warm, but they can also pose a fire hazard if not used properly.

Old or poorly maintained furnaces can malfunction, leading to fires. It’s essential to have your furnace inspected and serviced regularly by a qualified professional. Additionally, ensure there’s proper ventilation around the furnace and keep flammable materials away.

Space heaters are convenient for heating specific areas, but they can be dangerous if not used correctly. Keep space heaters at least three feet away from flammable objects like curtains, furniture and bedding. Never leave them unattended or plugged in overnight.

Cooking Accidents
Winter is the season for hearty soups, roasts and baked treats, but it’s also a time when cooking-related fires are more common.

With holiday gatherings and busy schedules, it’s easy to get distracted while cooking. Unattended stove tops or ovens can quickly lead to fires. Always stay in the kitchen while cooking, especially when using the stove or broiler.

Frying foods like latkes or chicken can lead to grease fires if not handled properly. Never throw water on a grease fire, as it can cause the flames to spread. Instead, cover the pan with a lid or use a fire extinguisher specifically rated for grease fires.

Candles and Electrical Issues
It’s warm inside, it’s cozy and it’s time for candles. Candle use spikes in the winter season, but that also is part of the reason why house fires spike as well during this time of year. Keep wicks trimmed and never leave a candle to burn in an empty room. Blow out candles before you walk out of a room or bring it with you so you can keep an eye on it. 

Electrical malfunctions are also more common in the winter. Avoid overloading your outlets to help avoid starting a serious fire and never leave your phone to charge on a soft surface or in an area that isn’t easily ventilated, like under your pillow.

By being aware of these common causes of house fires in the winter, you can take proactive steps to prevent them and keep your home safe. Stay warm, stay vigilant and have a happy and fire-safe winter season!

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