According to the National Fire Prevention Association (NFPA), heating, holiday decorations, winter storms, and candles all contribute to an increased risk of fire during the winter months. The Golden Valley Fire Department reminds residents to take every necessary precaution this winter.
There are approximately 45,000 home electrical fires each year in the US, and there are a few pretty simple steps you can take to help avoid them.
More than one-third of holiday decoration fires are started by candles, and Dec 25 is the peak day for candle fires in the US.
Carbon monoxide (CO) is a colorless, odorless, tasteless gas produced when a fuel doesn’t burn completely. Improperly working furnaces, water heaters, stoves, and fireplaces can all produce dangerous levels of carbon monoxide in the home.
Carbon monoxide alarms are the only way to detect CO and should be installed on every level of the home and within 10 feet of all sleeping areas.
For more information about winter fire safety, visit the NFPA website.