February Fire Safety Resources
Fire Prevention & Safety - February 4, 2018

Put a Freeze on Winter Fires

It is no surprise there are more home fires in the winter months than any other season. People are heating their homes during the winter and heating is the second leading cause of home fire.

Half of all home heating fires occur in the months of December, January and February.

Heating equipment is involved in 1 in every 7 reported home fires and 1 in every 5 home fire deaths.

You can use USFA's heating safety resources to remind your community about safe heating with space heaters, wood stoves and fireplaces.

Cooking fires topical report

Cooking is, by far, the leading cause of home fires and injuries. The USFA released a topical report about the characteristics home cooking fires from 2014 to 2016.

Winter home fires topical report

The USFA released a topical report about the characteristics of winter home fires from 2014 to 2016. Home fires during the winter months make up only 8 percent of the total number of fires in the U.S., but they resulted in 30 percent of all fire deaths and 23 percent of all fire injuries.

Waking children with maternal voice smoke alarms

A new study shows that maternal voice smoke alarms are more effective in waking children than conventional tone alarms. You can read more about the study findings at USFA's current events and issues.

Home fire fatalities in the news

Each week day, the USFA compile information on home fire fatalities from the U.S. news reports. These early reports provide only basic information about what happened, such as how many fatalities, when and where the fire happened, and the type of home, for example, a house, apartment or mobile home. Most fires require investigations that can take weeks or months to complete. But this information can be helpful when discussing fire safety with your community. The interactive map allows you to compare your state with surrounding states and run reports from the database. Take a moment to check it out.