Possible Seasonal Causes of Fire
There are five leading causes of home structure fires, according to the National Fire Protection Agency (NFPA). The five causes are cooking equipment, heating equipment, lighting equipment, intentional, and smoking materials. That said, some of these causes, such as heating and light, are more common during cold weather or holiday seasons.
According to the National Fire Protection Association, the five leading causes of home structural fires are cooking equipment, heating equipment, lighting equipment, intentional, and smoking materials. It is important to to keep these in mind, especially during as temperatures drop and we approach the holiday season.
Cold Weather Fires: Fall and Winter
When cold weather comes around, people start using their portable and fixed space heaters. Inevitably, this leads to accidents that can result in home fires. However, these accidents can be prevented by being aware of the possible dangers and causes of fires. (list the dangers because this seems to vague)
According to the NFPA, heating equipment ranks second as a cause of home fires and home fire injuries. Whether you wait until fall or winter to start using your space heaters, be aware that this equipment can be dangerous if handled improperly.
Warm Weather: Spring and Summer
Spring and summer are holidays like Independence Day, which brings the risk of fires caused by accidents with fireworks. To help prevent these kinds of fires, you should avoid playing with fireworks. If you do use them, keep them away from kids and stay away from homes and other structures.
Another common cause of fires, also noted by the NFPA, is cooking equipment. Summer barbeques are a great summertime activity, however without the proper safety equipment and awareness they can be a fire hazard. (give an an example – fire extinguisher)
No matter what season it is, make sure your home is equipped with the reliable fire safety equipement and help keep your home and family safe.