Winter is the peak season for U.S. home fires; cooking and heating are the leading causes. In addition, candle, decoration, and Christmas tree fires peak in December.
“Put a Freeze on Winter Fires” provides awareness about these potential fire risks, along with advice and tips to avoid them.
Use care when decorating your home this holiday season. Nearly half of holiday decoration fires happen because decorations are placed too close to a heat source, while two out of every five home decoration fires are started by candles.
The top three days for home candle fires are Christmas, New Year's Day and Christmas Eve.
Keep fire safety in mind when heating your home in the winter months ahead. December, January, and February are the leading months for home heating fires. Overall, heating equipment is the second leading cause of U.S. home fires and home fire deaths.