Put a Freeze on Winter Fires

Put a Freeze on Winter Fires 

NFPA and the United States Fire Administration (USFA) are teaming up to remind you that the winter months are the leading time of year for home fires. To help you stay safe, we’re providing a wealth of safety tips and information on cooking, heating, candles and holiday decorating – factors that contribute to the increased risk of home fires in the months ahead.

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Put a Freeze on Winter Fires infographic

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Facts and figures


  • Space heaters, whether portable or stationary, accounted for one-third (33%) of home heating fires and four out of five (81%) of home heating fire deaths.
  • The leading factor contributing to home heating fires (28%) was failure to clean, principally creosote from solid-fueled heating equipment, primarily chimneys.
    Source: NFPA's “Home Fires Involving Heating Equipment" report.


  • Unattended cooking was by far the leading contributing factor in these fires.
  • Two-thirds (67%) of home cooking fires started with the ignition of food or other cooking materials.
    NFPA's NFPA's "Home Fires Involving Cooking Equipment" report.

Video: NFPA President Jim Pauley talks about the Put a Freeze on Winter Fires campaign. Read the news release.

Holiday cooking

Did you know that Thanksgiving is the leading day for cooking fires? In fact, there are three times as many fires on Thanksgiving Day as any other typical day of the year.

Video: NFPA's Lisa Braxton explains how a few simple safety tips can protect you and your family from a potentially devastating home fire.


As the winter months approach and temperatures continue to drop, most of us are indoors more and heating our homes to stay warm. Make sure to heat your home safely by following basic precautions and preventative measures.

Video: With a few simple safety tips and precautions you can prevent most heating fires from happening.

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