With the holidays upon us, fire officials are warning residents to be extra cautious in preventing fires. Fire fatalities are trending to meet 2014s numbers and fire fatalities increase even more during the holidays.
Historically, fires increase during the colder months, but especially during the holidays. More people are cooking, using open flames, and using indoor heating sources - all potential fire hazards. Most fires during the holiday season are from cooking.
In 2015, so far, 2,097 civilians have died in residential fires. In 2014, during the same time period, 2,203 civilians died in home fires.
Over the Thanksgiving holiday, there was an increase of burns from cooking. Minnesota State Fire Marshal Bruce West wants to increase fire safety education.
Since 1990, there has been an average of 81 residential fires over Thanksgiving weekend and 187 residential fires between Christmas Eve and New Year's Day. Most of the fires happened in single family homes that often do not have fire sprinkler requirements.
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