Home Heating Fires Are A Leading Cause of Death;
Most Fires Reported in December-February
November 18, 2016 | Middlefield, CT – According to the National Fire Prevention Association (NFPA), heating equipment is a leading cause of home fire deaths. Half of home heating equipment fires are reported during the months of December, January, and February. With proper precautions, they can be prevented. The Middlefield Volunteer Fire Company offers the following information for staying fire safe while keeping warm this winter.
“There is nothing like coming in from the bitter cold to the comfort of a warm home,” says Middlefield Volunteer Fire Company Chief Peter Tyc. “However, no matter what heat source you choose, there are fire dangers. While it’s easy to take short cuts with heating and put off having the furnace and chimney inspected and cleaned each year, it is absolutely not worth the risk.”
Here are some simple steps can prevent most heating-related fires from happening:
In addition, while many enjoy sitting by an open fire on a cold night, open flames inside the home can be dangerous. When using a portable ethanol burning fireplace, be sure to store ethanol fuel in a closed container, away from the fireplace and out of the reach of children. It may not be easy to see the ethanol fuel flame. Always close the lid or use a snuffer to be sure the flame is extinguished before refueling into a cooled fireplace. Use only fuel made specifically for the fireplace. Follow this advice:
The Middlefield Volunteer Fire Company is currently participating in Everyday Hero CT, a program dedicated to increasing the number of volunteer firefighters throughout the state. Eighty percent of all fire personnel in Connecticut are volunteers, and the majority of fire departments throughout the state are experiencing a volunteer shortage. Local fire departments need volunteers of all skill levels and abilities, people willing and able to respond to emergencies whenever called upon.
“The skills and experience gained as a volunteer firefighter are invaluable and have a positive and lasting impact on the lives of others,” says Chief Fred Dudek, Everyday Hero CT program manager. “Those who join their local fire departments sign up for one of the most rewarding opportunities they’ll ever have.”
SMOKE DETECTORS SAVE LIVES!
Here are a few facts that go to show why smoke detectors are so important to have in your home.
~Three out of five home fire deaths in 2007-2011 were caused by fires in homes with no smoke alarms or no working smoke alarms.
~Working smoke alarms cut the risk of dying in reported home fires in half.
~In fires considered large enough to activate the smoke alarm, hardwired alarms operated 93% of the time, while battery powered alarms operated only 79% of the time.
~When smoke alarms fail to operate, it is usually because batteries are missing, disconnected, or dead.
~An ionization smoke alarm is generally more responsive to flaming fires and a photoelectric smoke alarm is generally more responsive to smoldering fires. For the best protection, or where extra time is needed, to awaken or assist others, both types of alarms, or combination ionization and photoelectric alarms are recommended