As winter’s chills roll in and everyone tries to stay warm it’s important to implement heating safety practices in the home. According to the U.S. Fire Administration, an average of 50,100 home heating fires occurred in the United States annually from 2008-2010. These fires resulted in a yearly average of approximately 150 deaths, 575 injuries and $326 million in property loss.

Here are some more home heating fire statistics from the USFA:

  • Home heating fires peaked in the early evening hours between 5 and 9 p.m. with the highest peak between 6 and 8 p.m. This 4-hour period accounted for 30 percent of all home heating fires.
  • Home heating fires peaked in January (21 percent) and declined to the lowest point during the summer months from June to August.
  • Confined fires, those fires confined to chimneys, flues or fuel burners, accounted for 87 percent of home heating fires.

See the brief video below for heating fire safety tips.

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