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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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.

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


Cooking is the number one cause of home fires and injuries in the U.S.; unattended cooking is by far the leading cause of cooking fires.

Video: This season, families spend more time in the kitchen than braving the cold winter temperatures outside. NFPA provides some quick tips to help you and your family reduce the risk of cooking fires in your home.


Keep fire safety in mind when heating your home in the winter months ahead. December, January and February are the leading months for home heating fires. Overall, heating equipment is the second leading cause of U.S. home fires and home fire deaths.

Video: Heating equipment is the second leading cause of U.S. home fires and home fire deaths. Fortunately, the vast majority of home heating fires can be prevented by following some simple steps and guidelines.

Video: NFPA offers tips and recommendations for preventing CO in the home.


On average, 29 home candle fires were reported each day (between 2007 and 2011). More than half of home candle fires occur when candles are placed too close to things that can burn.

Video: NFPA's Lisa Braxton shares a few candle fire safety tips to consider.

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  • Winter holidays See NFPA's safety tips and resources on winter holiday decorating and cooking.
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