Insurer offers winter safety tips

Jan 27, 2011

Home fires can be deadly

The winter holiday season includes a number of fun and exciting celebrations. Many people decorate their homes in festive lights and crank up the heat to stay warm as snow falls.

Such traditions are heartwarming, but can also be hazardous to a person's health and safety. Hundreds of people die each year in residential fires, according to the National Fire Protection Association. While the source of a blaze can be many things, a large number of fires are the result of holiday decorations and cooking.

A major insurance company is offering advice to people to help ensure their safety. Such tips include turning off lights when not at home and not leaving cooking food unattended.

"One-third of home fires occur during the winter and cooking is the number-one cause of these tragedies between December and February," says a representative from the insurer. "This means that while families are together this holiday season they should take the time to ensure everyone is doing their part to prevent a home fire."

The number of fatal home fires highlights the importance of having life insurance. The coverage can provide financial support should the unthinkable happen.

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