January was the deadliest month for fire deaths in Mississippi in 2015. Of the eight fire deaths investigated by the State Fire Marshal’s Office during January last year, six were heating related.
With temperatures dipping into the 20’s tonight and more cold weather forecasted, Mississippians will be looking for ways to keep warm. Commissioner of Insurance and State Fire Marshal Mike Chaney says using heating equipment as it is intended greatly cuts the risk of a fire in your home.
“Properly using heating sources to stay warm during cold weather and having working smoke alarms in your home is literally the difference between life and death,” is the message he has repeated over and over. It is a message that he will continue to repeat in order to protect lives in Mississippi
“Everyone must use extra precaution when using space heaters or alternative methods as heating sources. Space heating poses a much higher risk of fire, death and injury than central heating, and it cannot be stressed enough that using a stove to heat a home is extremely dangerous,” Chaney said.
He added that having a working smoke alarm in your home can cut your risk of dying in a home fire in half. A National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) 2010 report shows home heating fires peak during 6:00 to 8:00 p.m., and associated deaths peak during 2:00 to 4:00 a.m.