Safety reminders from fire marshal after house in Montgomery County burns downby Montgomery County Fire Marshal's Office
Dec 07, 2017
MONTGOMERY COUNTY, Texas -- Residents will be firing up their home’s heating appliances, many for the first time this year.
Home heating fires often occur at the worst possible time, breaking out in the middle of the night while our families are asleep. The number one safety recommendation is to first and foremost have working smoke detectors throughout the home, especially in all sleeping areas. Having working smoke alarms dramatically increases your chances of surviving a fire.
On Dec. 6, a Willis resident awoke to find a fire had started in the wall near a wood burning fireplace in his two story home off Samuel Drive northeast of Willis. Firefighters from Montgomery County ESD #1 and the New Waverly Fire Department responded with 3 engines and 3 tankers, arriving to find heavy fire conditions throughout the home. The home was destroyed by the fire but fortunately there were no injuries.
December, January, and February are the peak months for home heating fires, making the next three months the peak time for home fires to occur. Cooking is the number one cause of fires year round, but home heating fires that break out at night can be deadly, especially in homes not equipped with working smoke alarms. Working smoke alarms cuts the chances of you and your family dying in a home fire in half.
Between 2009 and 2013, heating equipment was involved in an estimated 56,000 reported U.S. home structure fires, with associated losses of 470 civilian deaths, 1,490 civilian injuries, and $1.0 billion in direct property damage. These fires accounted for 16% of all reported home fires.
Preventing Home Heating Fires
A leading factor contributing to home heating fire deaths was heating equipment too close to things that can burn, such as upholstered furniture, clothing, mattress, or bedding. Many heating fires can be prevented by following basic safety tips when dealing with any heating equipment:
Facts & Figures
Based on 2009-2013 annual averages:
For more information on home heating safety, visit www.nfpa.org.