The coldest time of the year is actually the most dangerous for house fires. Although we seldom have blizzard conditionals and deep freezes in Greenville, we still face increased risk until the warmer spring temps arrive.
And winter fires are even more dangerous. According to a study by the United States Fire Administration, even though the total number of fires decreases during the winter months, the number of “structural fires” rises. Chilly winter air contains less moisture. The physical wood structure of a home becomes drier and more vulnerable to fires.
From our fire damage cleanup experts in Greenville, here are the most common causes of winter home fires:
Home heating is the second leading cause of U.S. home fires, deaths and injuries. Cold weather increases use of space heaters and electric blankets, and portable or heaters. Space heaters are involved in about 40% or winter fires. Since these units are portable and temporary solutions, we tend to be lax about their locations and maintenance. Common causes of space heating home fires are: lack of regular cleaning, insufficient space, placing them too close to combustibles, design flaws of wood-burning heating equipment, fuel spills.
Cooking equipment was the leading cause of home structure fires and civilian fire injuries. To put that into perspective, fire departments responded to an estimated average of 170,200 home structure fires that involved cooking equipment per year; almost half of them were caused by cooking.
In the winter, people tend to cook more and for longer periods. Deep-fryers occasionally used for cooking turkeys and other holiday meals can cause fires and injuries. But forgetting a pot on the stove is a more likely flashpoint in your kitchen.
Winter storms can lead to downed power lines, prompting homeowners to resort to alternative heating methods that could spark fires. The improper use of portable generators can be risky. The most common dangers are: carbon monoxide (CO) poisoning, electrical shock or electrocution, and fire hazards.
Electrical home fires are a leading cause of home fires. Roughly half of all home electrical fires involved electrical distribution or lighting equipment, while nearly another half involved other known types of equipment like washer or dryer fans, and portable or stationary space heaters. More time at home in the winter increases the overall incidences. Check your space; never place electrical cords under throw rugs. Dog (and cat) proof their favorite areas if there are electrical devices around.
Our fire damage cleanup team will be there immediately after a fire to begin clean up. However, you might have initially decided to tackle it on your own. If you suspect hidden damage after a fire, call our team to search deeper.
The integrity of your property relies on how quickly the fire damage cleanup process begins after the fire is out; lingering soot and smoke will damage your home even more if not cleaned up right away. In Simpsonville, the fire damage cleanup experts at Premier Construction are dedicated to safe construction and restoration projects.
Fires happen fast. In Anderson County, Premier Construction is a full-service restoration company dedicated to fire prevention and quality fire damage cleanup after disasters. The integrity of your property relies on how quickly the restoration process begins after the fire is out; lingering soot and smoke will damage your home even more if not cleaned up right away.