Heating was the second leading cause of home fires following cooking between 2008 and 2012, according to the U.S. Fire Administration.
Thirty percent of the nonconfined home heating fires occurred because the heat source was too close to things that can burn, according to the U.S. Fire Administration.
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.
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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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More information on heating fire safety
- Carbon monoxide and portable generator safety
- Chimney Safety Institute of America
- Electrical fire safety
- NFPA Educational Messages Desk Reference – these messages provide fire and life safety educators with accurate and consistent language for use when offering safety information to the public.
- Statistical reports: heating fires
- U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission
For more information from the USFA, visit https://www.usfa.fema.gov.
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