Did you know that home fires are most common in winter? Heating is the second leading cause of home fires.
Because of this, the Daviess County Emergeny Management Agency off these tips on safely heating your home this winter season:
• Keep anything that can burn at least 3 feet from heat sources like fireplaces, wood stoves, radiators or space heaters.Never use an oven to heat your home.
• Have a professional inspect your chimneys once a year to make sure they are working safely.
• Make sure you have working carbon monoxide alarms. Test them once a month.
Also according to the U.S. Fire Administration, from 2013-2015, an average of 45,900 home heating fires occurred in the United States each year. These fires caused an annual average of approximately 205 deaths, 725 injuries and $506 million in property loss.
Heating was the second leading cause of home fires after cooking.
Home heating fires peaked in the early evening hours between 5 and 9 p.m. with the highest peak between 6 and 8 p.m. This four-hour period accounted for 29 percent of all home heating fires.
Home heating fires peaked in January (21 percent) and declined to the lowest point from June to August.
Confined fires — fires confined to chimneys, flues or fuel burners — accounted for 75 percent of home heating fires.
Twenty-nine percent of the non-confined home heating fires — fires that spread past the object of origin — happened because the heat source (like a space heater or fire place) was too close to things that can burn.
Simply put, be careful how you heat you home this winter!