The winter and holiday seasons are now upon us. And with the hustle and bustle of all that we need to do and remember, fire safety should not be forgotten.
The Mount Oliver Fire Department would like to remind everyone that we want you all to be fire safe this holiday season and throughout each and every year. A recent study done by the United States Fire Administration and the National Fire Protection Association tells us:
Winter residential building fires result in an estimated average of 945 deaths, 3,825 injuries, and $1,708,000,000 in property loss each year;
Fires in one- and two-family dwellings account for 67 percent of all winter residential building fires;
Cooking is the leading cause of all winter residential building fires;
Winter residential building fires occur mainly in the early evening hours, peaking from 5 to 8 p.m.; and,
Although at its highest in December, residential building fire incidence is collectively highest in the three winter months of January, February, and March.
For those who may not know, the Mount Oliver Fire Department is on the World Wide Web at www.mtoliver firedepartment.com. This website contains information on our members, our training, our fund raisers and other useful information pertaining to our fire department and especially to fire safety, including the upcoming holiday season. We invite all to visit our site often and contact us with any questions involving fire safety or the fire department in general.
Lt. Andy Marsh
Fire Department Training Officer
Fire Prevention and Life Safety Programs
Mount Oliver Fire Department