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Winter Home and Fire Safety

Thu 11-7-2019

This week is Winter Hazard awareness week in Minnesota and todays topic is Winter Home and Fire Safety.  In the winter months, our heating, lighting, cooking, and holiday activities increase dramatically — and with them, the risk of residential fires. 

The high cost of heating fuels and utilities have caused many Americans to search for alternative methods of home heating. Wood burning stoves are growing in popularity and space heaters are selling rapidly, or coming out of storage. Fireplaces are burning wood and man-made logs. All these methods of heating may be acceptable — but without caution, they’re a major contributing factor in residential fires.

Holiday decorating goes a long way to help brighten up our wintery days and long nights. Unfortunately, decorations become a significant hazard if not used carefully. An estimated 250 home fires involving Christmas trees and another 170 involving holiday lights and other decorative lighting occur each year across the U.S. By following a few simple safety tips on electric lights, candles and Christmas trees, you can avoid creating a tragedy. Learn how to prevent a fire or what to do in case of a fire in your home.

For more information about home fire safety, smoke alarms visit the State Fire Marshal website.