Freezing winter temperatures have prompted the Shelton Fire Prevention Bureau to remind everyone to hold fire safety in high regard. Fires tend to increase during winter months when hazards associated with cold weather increase, according to Ted Pisciotta, Shelton’s assistant chief for fire prevention.
Typical hazards include the use of alternative heating methods, attempts to thaw frozen pipes and the general increased activity indoors. In the United States, heating is the second leading cause of all residential building fires, after cooking. January is the peak month for such fires.