Eventhough it doesn’t get too cold in our area~when it does get cold all of the Floridians turn on the heat.

Average Jake Firefighter Blog

Like I said in the last post it is that time of year again. The weather is getting colder, and people are finding creative ways to heat their home. In order to properly meet this increase in chance that we may go to a fire in these months we have to understand how frequent these fires occur and become familiar with the types of fires we can be faced with, as each are different and dynamic.

Here are two documents put out by the United States Fire Administration that are worth the read:

http://www.usfa.fema.gov/downloads/pdf/statistics/v13i8.pdf Heating Fires in Residential Buildings

http://www.usfa.fema.gov/downloads/pdf/statistics/v13i9.pdf Portable Heater Fires in Residential Buildings

The highlights are this:

An average of 50,000 heating fires occur in residential buildings each year in the United States.

These fires peak in January and decrease in the Summer months.

Confined Fires (Chimney, wood stove) accounted for 87% of these fires.

30% of the…

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