October 23, 2013

News Release

For Immediate Release

Cool weather brings increased fire risk

As the temperatures begin to dip down, the Springfield Fire Department is warning residents to follow some basic tips to prevent a home fire this winter. Each year, nearly 500 people die in fires that involve heating equipment. In Springfield, one person died as a result of burns from a propane heater earlier this year. Fortunately, some simple steps can prevent more heating-related fires from happening.

According to the National Fire Protection Association, the leading factors contributing to ignition in home heating equipment fires were failure to clean (27%), heat source too close to combustibles (14%), and unclassified mechanical failure or malfunction (12%). Heat source too close to combustibles was a factor in half (51%) of associated fire deaths.

For more tips, visit the our website at www.springfieldmo.gov/fire.

Media Contact: Cara Erwin, Fire and Life Safety Educator
Phone: 864-1699
E-mail: cerwin@springfieldmo.gov

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Springfield Fire Department

830 Boonville Ave., P.O. Box 8368, Springfield, MO 65801
417-864-1500 • FAX: 417-864-1505 • springfieldmo.gov/fire