According to the U.S. Fire Administration (USFA) website, there has been an increase in U.S. home fire deaths as winter sets in. The site states that news media reports at least 148 lives have been lost in home fires already this year, 24 more than reported during Jan. 1-16, 2012.
Please visit this new page (just put up today) on the USFA website to get the latest stats, information and links for free materials to help you and your department or organization with your fire prevention efforts. You can even click on a map of your state to see how many fire fatalities have been reported so far this month.
Until next time, stay safe.