Most of the U.S. is at risk for winter storms, which can cause dangerous and sometimes life-threatening conditions. Blinding wind-driven snow, extreme cold, icy road conditions, downed trees and power lines can all wreak havoc on our daily schedules. Preparing before winter, and knowing what to do during and after a storm, will help ensure you and your family greatly reduce your risk for injury and damage to your home in a fire.
- Test all smoke alarms. Do this at least once a month. This way you will know they are working. Install and test carbon monoxide alarms in your home.
- Plan two ways out of the home in case of an emergency. Clear driveway and front walk of ice and snow. This will provide easy access to your home.
- Make sure your house number can be seen from the street. If you need help, firefighters will be able to find you.
- Be ready in case the power goes out. Have flashlights on hand. Also have battery-powered lighting and fresh batteries. Never use candles.
- Stay away from downed wires. Report any downed wires to authorities.
Winter fire safety by the numbers
- Home fires occur more in the winter than in any other season.
- Heating equipment is involved in 1 of every 6 reported home fires, and 1 in every 5 home fire deaths