>USFA Winter Fires: Safety Tips for the Home


USFA Winter Fires: Safety Tips for the Home
The United States Fire Administration (USFA) and the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) are working together to remind everyone that home fires are more prevalent in winter than in any other season. This is due in part to an increase in cooking and heating fires. Holiday decorations and winter storms that can interrupt electrical service and cause people to turn to alternative heating sources also contribute to the increased risk of fire in winter.
Winter fires can be prevented! The following fire safety tips can help you maintain a fire-safe home this winter season.

Winter Fire Safety Spotlight

Carbon Monoxide Poisoning
Each year in America, carbon monoxide poisoning claims approximately 400 lives and sends another 20,000 people to hospital emergency rooms for treatment. USFA would like you to know that there are simple steps you can take to protect yourself from deadly carbon monoxide fumes.

Learn how to prevent carbon monoxide poisoning »

Winter Safety Tips

Cooking Carbon Monoxide
Holiday Decorations Winter Storms
Candles Electrical
Heating Smoking

Winter Fire Publications

In addition to the publications below, please see titles listed on each of the Winter Safety Tips pages.

Winter Fire Safety Web Ads for Your Use


Cooking Fire Safety Tips for the Holiday Season Cooking Fire Safety Tips for the Holiday Season

Holiday Decorations

A Season for Sharing in Fire Safety Holiday Fire Safety


Candle Fire Safety Candle Fire Safety


Home Heating Fire Safety - Check your hotspots! Home Heating Fire Safety - Check your hotspots!

Carbon Monoxide

Carbon Monoxide: The Invisible Killer Carbon Monoxide: The Invisible Killer

Winter Storms

Winter Storm Fire Safety Winter Storm Fire Safety


Electrical Safety Electrical Safety


Smoking & Home Fires Smoking & Home Fires

Related Topics

Links of Interest

By the Numbers:
Winter Residential Building Fires

  • Winter residential building fires result in an estimated average of 945 deaths, 3,825 injuries, and $1,708,000,000 in property loss each year.
  • Fires in one- and two-family dwellings account for 67 percent of all winter residential building fires.
  • Cooking is the leading cause of all winter residential building fires.
  • Winter residential building fires occur mainly in the early evening hours, peaking from 5 to 8 p.m.
  • Although at its highest in December, residential building fire incidence is collectively highest in the 3 winter months of January, February, and March.
Source: Winter Residential Building Fires (PDF, 1.0 Mb)
Winter Fire Safety Tips

Carbon Monoxide

Test CO alarms often and replace batteries when needed.

United States Fire Administration

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NFPA Winter Podcast Series

The United States Fire Administration recommends everyone have a comprehensive fire protection plan that includes smoke alarms, residential sprinklers, and a home fire escape plan.
Last Reviewed: January 10, 2011
U.S. Fire Administration
U.S. Fire Administration, 16825 S. Seton Ave., Emmitsburg, MD 21727
(301) 447-1000 Fax: (301) 447-1346 Admissions Fax: (301) 447-1441


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