• Half of home heating equipment fires are reported during the months of December, January & February. Heating equipment is a leading cause of home fire deaths.
• Did you know that heating equipment is involved in one in every six reported home fires (and one in every five home fire deaths)?
• January is the deadliest month for fires. 15% of all fire deaths occur in January.
• The 2nd week of January is the deadliest week, nearly twice as deadly as the average week.
• Heating is the leading cause of fatal fires in January (26%).
• West TN has the most fire deaths in January.
• There are 23 home fires every day in January, about one per hour.
• In January, there is an increase in the number of fire deaths in mobile or manufactured homes. 23% of all fire deaths in January occur in mobile or manufactured homes compared to 16% for all months.
NFPA/TSFMO Messaging: SOME TYPES OF FIRE RELATED HAZARDS PRESENT DURING AND AFTER A WINTER STORM:
1. Alternative heating devices used incorrectly create fire hazards.
2. Damaged or downed utility lines can present a fire and life safety hazard.
3. Water damaged appliances and utilities can be electrically charged.
4. Frozen water pipes can burst and cause safety hazards.
5. Leaking gas lines, damaged or leaking gas propane containers, and leaking vehicle gas tanks may explode or ignite.
6. Generators are often used during power outages. Generators that are not properly used and maintained can be hazardous.
7. Look for combustible liquids like gasoline, lighter fluid, and paint thinner that may have spilled. Thoroughly clean the spill and place containers in a well-ventilated area.
8. If your home has sustained flood or water damage, and you can safely get to the main breaker or fuse box, turn off the power.
9. Assume all wires on the ground are electrically charged. This includes cable TV feeds.
10.Exposed outlets and wiring could present a fire and life safety hazard.
11.Appliances that emit smoke or sparks should be repaired or replaced.
12.Have a licensed electrician check your home for damage.
13.Smell and listen for leaky gas connections. If you believe there is a gas leak, immediately leave the house and leave the door(s) open.
14.Never strike a match. Any size flame can spark an explosion.
15.Before turning the gas back on, have the gas system checked by a professional.
16.Some smoke alarms may be dependent on your home’s electrical service and could be inoperative during a power outage.
17.Check to see if your smoke alarm uses a back-up battery and install a new battery at least once a year.
18.Smoke alarms should be installed on every level of your home.
19.All smoke alarms should be tested monthly. All batteries should be replaced with new ones at least once a year.
20.If there is a fire hydrant near your home, keep it clear of debris for easy access by the fire department.