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Winter Fire Safety Facts & Tips

While the information contained in this news article was current and accurate when we posted it, it may not necessarily represent current WVOEMS policy or procedure. If you have any questions, please contact our office at 304-558-3956.

Posted: Tuesday, November 18, 2014 3:10 PM

 

Each year fire claims the lives of 3,500 Americans, injures 18,300, and causes billions of dollars' worth of damage. People living in rural areas are more than twice as likely to die in a fire as those living in mid-sized cities or suburban areas. The misuse of wood stoves, portable space heaters and kerosene heaters are especially common risks in rural areas.
Each winter in West Virginia, home fires increase steadily between the months of November and April. With people spending more time indoors, the risk of fire due to misuse or malfunction of heating equipment rises as well. Since over 60% of West Virginians live in rural areas, we must pay extra attention to preventing fires at home.
The United States Fire Administration (USFA) believes rural fire problems can be reduced by teaching people to recognize the hazards. By following some of the outlined precautionary steps, you can greatly reduce your chances of becoming a fire casualty.

Each year fire claims the lives of 3,500 Americans, injures 18,300, and causes billions of dollars' worth of damage. People living in rural areas are more than twice as likely to die in a fire as those living in mid-sized cities or suburban areas. The misuse of wood stoves, portable space heaters and kerosene heaters are especially common risks in rural areas.

Each winter in West Virginia, home fires increase steadily between the months of November and April. With people spending more time indoors, the risk of fire due to misuse or malfunction of heating equipment rises as well. Since over 60% of West Virginians live in rural areas, we must pay extra attention to preventing fires at home.

The United States Fire Administration (USFA) believes rural fire problems can be reduced by teaching people to recognize the hazards. By following some of the outlined precautionary steps, you can greatly reduce your chances of becoming a fire casualty.

 

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