As the winter’s chill sets in, being cautious about home fires is even more important. According to the U.S. Fire Administration, the risk for home fires increases during the winter season. The USFA reported that “space heaters cause one-third of home heating fires and 4 out of 5 home heating fire deaths.”

To keep your family and home safe this winter, the USFA launched the “Put A Freeze on Winter Fires” campaign. Here are some home fire statistics from the USFA:

  • From 2010-2012, an average of 45,200 home heating fires occurred in the United States each year and resulted in an annual average of approximately 155 deaths, 625 injuries and $351 million in property loss.
  • Home heating fires peaked in January (21 percent) and declined to the lowest point during the summer months from June to August.
  • Confined fires, those fires confined to chimneys, flues or fuel burners, accounted for 84 percent of home heating fires.

The USFA also has videos with winter fire and heating safety tips. Check them out below:

Winter Fire Safety

Portable Heater Safety

To get involved, share USFA outreach materials on social media. For more information on the USFA and its “Put A Freeze on Winter Fires” campaign, visit

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