Wednesday, January 11, 2017

How to Prevent Winter Fires

With several feet of snow and freezing winds, the middle of winter may not seem like a time which can be prone to fires. However, there are just as many situations which may lead to a fire than during the warm summer months.

What kinds of fires should you be keeping an eye out for this season? Keep reading to learn more about preventing winter fires in your home:

Safely Dispose of Your Christmas Tree 

Many of us like to keep our festive trees around in the weeks following the holiday season, but if you purchased a live tree then you should think about getting rid of it sooner than later. Christmas trees are pine trees, which are highly flammable and can become even more susceptible to catching fire once they begin to dry out.

In fact, the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) estimates that in 26% of all Christmas tree fires a heat source such as a candle or heating equipment was too close to the tree and sparked the blaze.

Check out this video from the NFPA which shows a Christmas tree going up in flames:

Christmas Tree Fire

Use Space Heaters Responsibly

Heating equipment is one of the leading causes of home fires, with peak season in January and February of each year. In fact, space heaters account for 40% of all home heating equipment fires, according to the NFPA.

While it can be safe to use a space heater indoors, it’s important to take the following precautions to ensure that you are using it safely:

  • Never place your space heater on a rug or carpet
  • Never leave your space heater unattended
  • Never drape clothes or blankets over your space heater

Be Smart When Using Portable Generators

If your home is prone to power outages then it’s likely that you’ve already invested in a portable generator, but misusing this piece of equipment can have serious consequences. Not only can misusing a portable generator cause electrocutions and carbon monoxide poisoning, but it can put you at risk of a fire.

When using your portable generator make sure to take these important precautions:

  • Generators must be operated in well-ventilated locations outdoors and a safe distance from all doors, windows, and vents.
  • Never use your generator in an attached garage, even if the doors are left open.
  • Make sure that carbon monoxide detectors are installed and working properly.
  • Store fuel in a clearly marked container outside of your home and a safe distance away on the property.

Contact Bison Fire Protection at for effective, professional fire protection solutions in Winnipeg, Thompson, Kenora, Regina, and Brandon. Contact our main office in Winnipeg at 204-237-3473.

Posted by Rob Read at 1:56 PM


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