Putting a Freeze on Winter Fires

Plummeting temperatures have many of us scouring for ways to keep warm, but while you are getting cozy, be sure that you don’t zone out on your space heater!!!. 

Did you know that HALF of all home heating fires occur during the months of December, January, and February? While many of us search for cost-effective ways to keep our houses warm, it is important to remember simple safety tips to protect your family and maintain a fire safe home this winter. Space heaters are the most popular source of heat, however they cause 33% of home heating fires, and 81% of home heating fire deaths!!!1 

Here’s some tips on what you can do to put a freeze on winter fires:

  • Remember the Three Feet Rule: Keep anything that can burn at least three feet away from heating equipment, like the furnace, fireplace, wood stove, or portable space heater.
  • Keep it a Kid-Free Zone: Be sure children and pets cannot get close to space heaters
  • Keep it Level: Always place a heating equipment on a hard, level (and non-flammable surface)
  • Don’t Leave it Running: Remember to turn portable heaters off when leaving the room or going to bed.
  • Don’t Over Extend Yourself: Avoid using extension cords. Plug heating equipment directly into an outlet with enough capacity.

Help spread the word about winter fire safety with this infographic from NFPA and U.S. Fire Administration:

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1. Heating Safety Tips | NFPA


Stormy beginning alludes to active 2012 Tornado Season

The recent outbreak of tornadoes has left behind devastation through the Midwest and Southeast.  Over the last 20 years, the average number of tornadoes for the first three months of the year is 144.  There have been 306 tornadoes reported for the first 70 days of 2012 – with 16 days still remaining!

Find out why forecasters predict a severe 2012 tornado season, in this LiveScience GoFigure infographic.


2012 Tornado Figures from Insurance Institute for Business & Home Safety:

  • There have been 306 preliminary reports of tornadoes through the first 70 days of 2012.
  • The 20-year average for the first three months of the year is 144 tornadoes. There is still 20 days until a full three months.
  • 20 different states have been impacted by tornadoes in 2012.
  • Kentucky has had the most tornadoes in 2012 with 39 tornadoes.
  • Kentucky has already seen 186% of its 20-year (1991-2010) annual average of 21 tornadoes.
  • The death toll in Kentucky has reached 23
  • Alabama is second with 27 tornadoes
  • There have been 54 tornado related fatalities in 2012
  • Since 1951, there have been 33 years in which at least that many occurred in the USA, but only three years during which that number occurred by the 3rd of March
  • Insured losses from the series of tornado outbreaks from February 28  to March 3 are estimated to reach up to $2 Billion

Tornado Facts & Safety Tips

Tornadoes can have devastating effects on homes, businesses, and communities as a whole. The tornado guide infographic below includes facts, safety tips and information about tornadoes such as how tornadoes form, types of tornadoes, tornado safety and the top 10 deadliest and most destructive tornadoes in history.

tornado guide infographic
Infographic by BuildingsGuide.com, a metal building kit and steel building resource.

Understanding nature’s most powerful force: Tornadoes

Tornadoes have been on the minds of many Americans with the recent occurrences of multiple devastating storms throughout the US. Mother Nature is not wasting any time in getting an early start on the tornado season, as she sets the stage for what to expect in 2012.

Tornadoes are nature’s most violent, powerful storms. This infographic shows just how much energy and power are in these destructive storms, and the role the EF scale plays in determining the strength of a tornado.