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Winter Fire Prevention

Tuesday, January 07, 2014

People are at a greater risk of electrical fires in the winter months, from the lights in and outside of your house, to the cooking in your home, and even unsafe heat sources.  


Winter officially began on December 21, and you have probably been using your heater more often than the previous months. The heater is great for keeping you warm, but it comes with consequences (if you don’t know what to do to ensure they are in fact safe).


Since a house down the street from me busted into flames last week, it got me wondering what measures need to be taken in my home, to prevent that from happening.


You are probably thinking, “That will never happen to me”, right? It CAN happen to you.




FEMA shares statistics to help citizens understand the severity and prevalence of winter fires:


  1. 905 people die in winter home fires EACH year
  2. $2,091,000,000 in property loss occurs from winter home fires
  3. 67% of winter fires occur in one- and two-family homes
  4. Cooking is the LEADING cause of all winter home fires
  5. 5PM – 8PM is the most common time for winter home fires

FEMA and NFPA.org states that heating equipment is involved in 1 in every 7 reported home fires and 1 in every 6 home fire deaths. The months that heating fires occur in half of the time are in December, January and February.


Knowing what to do and when, can help you from being a victim of a winter house fire.


Call a qualified electrician if you have:

  • Frequent problems with blowing fuses or tripping circuit breakers
  • A tingling feeling when you touch an electrical appliance
  • Discolored or warm wall outlets
  • A burning or rubbery smell coming from an appliance
  • Flickering or dimming lights
  • Sparks from an outlet

Remember to always have ALL of your electrical work done by a qualified electrician.


If you are remodeling your house or buying a new home, you should have it inspected by an electrician as well.


If you have a portable heater in your home, make sure to keep it in a secure place with nothing around it and never use an extension cord for the heater. Also, make sure to turn it off and unplug it when not in use. You should never sleep or leave your house with it on.


Make sure to keep your heater maintained and serviced on a regular basis.




It is important that you check your smoke alarm every month to make sure it is working condition. It is recommended to replace your fire alarms every 10 years.


Generators that are portable should never be used inside your house or garage. Keep it outside far away from any doors or windows.


Click here for a full list of tips customized for your home needs. 



Remember to always have an escape plan that is studied by everyone in the home. Everyone in the home should know ways to escape if something unfortunate like this happens.


Click here to create your fire safety plan online.


Keeping you safe, warm and informed is our main goal!


Until Next time,


Your ICE Co Team


Project Spot Light- PacifiCorp Generator Replacement

Monday, January 07, 2013
What did you do between Christmas & New Years this year? Think about starting your January diet? Make a list of goals for 2013? Made some Christmas exchanges? Wrote and deleted an email to your boss about having to work New Years Eve? While this list could go on, we should probably get to the point. What's that you ask? Well, ICE Co. strapped on our Protective Equipment and took part in the PacifiCorp (in Stayton) Generator Replacement project. The old generator was craned out so we demoed its connection and reinstalled the new generator in its place. We also installed new LONWorks cable as part of their new monitoring system.
Photos Below of our Post Christmas Project...

Old Generator

New Generator (slightly smaller than the old one)

Almost in place...

As professional as they come...

Part of the ICE Co. Fleet


Project Complete.

Thank you PacifiCorp for letting us use this project as a spotlight.
We hope between Christmas and New Years everyone did something at least as exciting as what ICE Co. was up to. Hard to beat we know. Now that we are finished with this project we can all start thinking about our goals, diets and exchanges too...

Hope to see you all soon!
ICE Co. Signing Out
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