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With Old Man Winter practically knocking on your door, you’ve changed into seasonal clothing – thicker garments, gloves, and scarves. Besides bundling up, you plan on using heating sources such as a radiator, fireplace, and a space heater. However, when you consider the space heater fire statistics, it might feel like you’re taking a risk. According to the National Fire Protection Association, space heaters cause 43% of U.S. home heating fires and 85% of related deaths. [1] So, how can we get better at heating our homes and offices this winter? The fire safety consultants at The Safety Group share the top five tips to practice winter fire safety this year.

Winter Fire Safety Tips

There are plenty of ways to be proactive about winter fire safety this year. Whether you’re relaxing at home or having a company holiday party, there are fire safety tips you can follow to keep your environment safe and warm at the same time.

Home and Office Winter Fire Safety

Start reducing the risk of fire in your home or office this winter by keeping paper, clothing, and other flammable objects at least 3 feet from heating sources such as fireplaces, radiators, and space heaters. If your home has a portable generator, keep it outside, far away from windows, and as far as possible from your home.

Always remember to test carbon monoxide alarms at least once a month. Have only one heating appliance, like a space heater, plugged into an electrical outlet at a time.

Electrical Winter Fire Safety

Get down to business to reduce electrical fires this winter by plugging only one heat-producing appliance (coffee maker, microwave, etc.) directly into a wall outlet. One of the most important winter electrical fire safety tips is limiting the use of extension cords, especially with space heaters.  If you’ll need more outlets this winter, make an appointment with a certified electrician to install additional outlets.

Winter Fire Safety for the Holidays

From Christmas, Kwanza and Hanukkah to New Year’s Eve, there will be a lot of celebrations this winter with family and friends. However, these celebrations practically invite fires with the use of candles and string lights, not to mention fireworks and sparklers.

Keep candles at least 12 inches away from garments, paper, and other flammable objects. Thoroughly read through the manufacturer’s manual on how to safely set up and connect string lights. As for the Christmas tree, it should be placed at least 3 feet away from any heating sources and it should not block any exits. Make sure you have plenty of space outside to light up those fireworks and never light sparklers inside!


If you’d like to learn more about fire safety topics for this winter or have questions about our fire guard training, contact a representative of our team at 212-993-9071 in New York or 215-475-5810 in Philadelphia. Happy holidays and stay safe!





[1] NFPA.org – Space heaters account for 43 percent of U.S. home heating fires and 85 percent of associated deaths