Fire is Everyone's Fight
Post date: Dec 4, 2017 7:20:29 PM
Developing a Culture of Preparedness: Fire Prevention
Among the many things we have learned in our region from Hurricane Matthew and the record flooding that followed in 2016 is just how important it is for all of us to be proactively engaged in the development of a “Culture of Preparedness” — at home, work, church, school and in the community. Listed below are various tools and resources that can help!
Home fires occur more in winter than in any other season. As you stay cozy and warm this winter season, be fire smart!
For example, there are many disaster survivors that are still working diligently to recover. Some are living in homes that are on waiting lists to be repaired or rebuilt as a result of floodwater inundation and/or severe water damage from leaky roofs. Seek professional guidance to determine if water or moisture damage could have affected electrical wiring, utility boxes, outlets, duct work, heating air & cooling units, insulation, and more.
> 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.
Source: National Fire Incident Reporting System 2009-2011