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Put a Freeze on Winter Fires

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The following statistics are provided by the U.S. Fire Administration:

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.

  • Winter residential building fires occur mainly in the early evening hours, peaking from 5 - 8 p.m.

  • Although at its highest in December, residential building fire incidence is collectively highest in   the 3 winter months of January, February, and March.

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Robert Polk, State Fire Marshal
141 Monticello Trail, Columbia, SC 29203
(803) 896-9800 | Office Hours: 8:30 a.m.- 5:00 p.m. | Monday - Friday except State Holidays