Protecting your home from winter house fires

Fires become more common as the weather gets colder

LUDLOW, Mass. (WWLP) – Fires become more common as the weather gets colder. There was also a deadly house fire this weekend in the Massachusetts community of Fitchburg. According to the U.S Fire Administration, more than 900 people die in winter home fires every year.

As the winter months settle upon us, cold weather house fires become more common. In less than 30 seconds a small flame can turn into a major fire.

“The houses are closed up more, windows are closed, so it tends to keep everything locked inside, until it’s expanding out at the last minute,” said Ludlow Fire More than 900 people die in winter home fires every year. Cooking is the leading cause of all winter home fires. Heating is the second. Ludlow Fire Captain Jim Peacey. He said, “Chimney fires are common this time of year.”

Captain Peacey said, “This is the time of the year, That you want to make sure your heating equipment is up to date, has been serviced by your professional servicemen. Make sure your chimney’s get swept and cleaned.”

Furnaces, fireplaces, and stoves, should be inspected annually and cleaned when necessary. Space heaters cause more than 80-percent of home heating fire deaths. Many times because they were placed less than 3 feet away from furniture, or were accidentally left on.

Keep your Christmas trees away from heat.

Josh Philbrick of Somers, Connecticut said, “Well, we keep it away from open flames, make sure to water it a lot and we turn the lights off whenever we leave the house.”

If you decide to go with a real tree, make sure your tree stays hydrated, by checking it at least twice a day.

According to the U.S Fire administration, more than $2 Billion dollars in property loss, occurs from winter home fires.