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 By The Numbers
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.
Winter fires can be prevented!
Visit the U.S. Fire Administration website and National Fire Prevention Association website to find in-depth tips on how to prevent fires in your home this winter.