The winter is far from being over. In fact, the warm season is not any where close. According to the U.S. Fire Administration (USFA), “People are at greater risk in the winter season when they cook holiday meals, display decorations, and may use unsafe heat sources.” The agency suggested that, “You can help prevent winter weather-related home fires in your community” through education.
The National Fire Incident Reporting System 2009-2011 also provided statistics on fire incidents during the winter season. The agency stated that:
- 905 people die in winter home fires each year.
- $2,091,000,000 in property loss occurs from winter home fires.
- 67 percent of winter fires occur in one- and two-family homes.
- Cooking is the leading cause of all winter home fires.
- 5 to 8 p.m. is the most common time for winter home fires.
The Enitan Story’s next Empowerment Circle, coming up on Friday, February 28 will be focusing on Fire Safety. Our guest speaker is a firefighter from the City of Blaine Fire Department, Rebecca Booker. A Registered Nurse (RN) and Fire and Life Safety Educator, who is trained in Firefighter I and Arson Investigation. Booker has 16 Years’ experience in prevention with a focus on home safety.
Watch the short video on fire hazards during the winter, and see why it is important for you to join us during our next Empowerment Circle to learn how to keep you and your family safe from fire hazards during winter.