Despite the warmer temperatures, Springfield Fire Marshals have investigated a string of house fires caused by home heating recently. According to the United States Fire Administration, heating is the second leading cause of home fires and 905 people die in winter home fires each year.
$2,091,000,000 in property loss occurs from winter home fires.
67 percent of winter fires occur in one- and two-family homes.
5 to 8 p.m. is the most common time for winter home fires.
To stay safe this winter, the National Fire Protection Association recommends following these safety tips:
Keep anything that can burn at least three-feet away from heating equipment like the furnace, fireplace, wood stove or portable space heater.
Have heating equipment and chimneys cleaned and inspected every year by a qualified professional.
Remember to turn portable heaters off when leaving the room or going to bed.
Always use the right kind of fuel, specified by the manufacturer, for fuel burning space heaters.
Install wood burning stoves following manufacturer’s instructions. All fuel-burning equipment should be vented to the outside.
Install and maintain CO alarms to avoid the risk of CO poisoning.
Protect Yourself and Your Family
The Springfield Fire Department also recommends all homes have smoke alarms installed in every bedroom, outside each sleeping area and on every floor. For information on how to obtain a free smoke alarm, call 417-864-1515 or fill out an online application.