by Robyn McCarthy on Nov 27, 2017
As the temperature drops, home fire risk rises. It just makes sense. While cooking fires are the leading cause of residential fires, heating-related fires come in second place and peak in the month of January. The U.S. Fire Administration recently issued two statistical reports that talk about home heating fires. In their Study of Heating Fires in Residential Buildings (2013-2015), they report that:
While only 4% of heating fires in residential buildings involved portable heaters, they were involved in 43% of fatal home heating fires, a statistic that should give some pause. In the USFA study on Portable Heater Fires in Residential Buildings (2013-2015), they report:
Here’s a short USFA safety clip related to portable heaters.
Heating safety tips
Fire prevention experts say there are many practices you can take to reduce your risk of a heating-related fire in your home. Here are few safety tips we’ve compiled from the experts
Practice the 3-foot safety rule. Keep combustible materials away from the furnace, fireplace, wood stove, or portable space heater.
Maintain a “kid-free zone” around open fires and space heaters. Again, 3 feet is the recommended distance.,
Inspect, clean and test. Have qualified heating professionals inspect and clean furnaces, chimneys and heating equipment every year. Replace batteries in your fire alarms in the spring and fall, and test smoke alarms at least once a month.
Turn off portable heaters when you go to bed or leave a room. Get more space heater safety tipsfrom Travelers,
Never, never, never use ovens or portable grills to heat your home.
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