Surge in home fires expected as temperatures plummet over New Year's holidayby Montgomery County Fire Marshal's Office
Dec 29, 2017
MONTGOMERY COUNTY - As temperatures continue to fall over the weekend, Montgomery County Firefighters will be gearing up for an expected surge in home heating fires.
Many residents will be looking to alternative heat sources, such as portable space heaters and wood burning fireplaces to help heat their home as sub-freezing temps are forecast to hit the area around New Year’s Day.
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.
Two separate home fires this week were caused by heat lamps set out to keep family pets warm, and in one case, firefighters from the Magnolia Fire Department had to enter the home and rescue the occupant who had gone back in after her animals.
Montgomery County Firefighters have already responded to a number of fires involving heating equipemnt and those numbers are expected to rise as December, January, and February are the peak months for home heating fires.
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