The threat of winter fires is real. Use these national statistics to help citizens understand the severity and prevalence of winter fires. Although at its highest in December, residential building fire incidence
is collectively highest in the 3 winter months of January, February, and March.
3.1 Dangers of Carbon Monoxide
3.1.1 Carbon monoxide (CO) is a gas you cannot see, taste, or smell. It is often called “the invisible killer.” It is created when fossil fuels, such as kerosene, gasoline, coal, natural gas, propane, methane, or wood do not burn completely. CO gas can kill people and pets.
9.1.1 Have a 3-foot (1 meter) “kid-free zone” around open fires and space heaters.
9.1.2 Supervise children whenever a wood or oil stove or other space heater is being used. Use a sturdy metal screen to prevent contact burns, which are more common than flame burns.
NFPA & the SFMO discourage the use of outdoor gas-fueled turkey fryers that immerse the turkey in hot oil. These turkey fryers use a substantial quantity of cooking oil at high temperatures, and units currently available for home use pose a significant danger that hot oil will be released at some point during the cooking process.