With house fires being much more prevalent during winter, the Office of the Illinois State Fire Marshal is encouraging residents to have a plan of action in case of emergency.
Heating and cooking are the two leading causes of home fires so the number of fires naturally goes up during the cold winter months. Last winter, over 8,000 fires were reported in Illinois between December and February. A total of 25,126 were reported between 2010 and 2012.
According to the National Fire Protection Agency, heating equipment was involved in over 57,000 home structure fires in the United States, with 490 civilian deaths, 1,530 civilian injuries, and $1.1 billion in direct property loss.
The Office of the Illinois State Fire Marshal (OSFM) suggests practicing the following steps to ensure preparedness in case of emergency:
The OSFM also recommends taking the following steps to help prevent home fires:
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