Did You Know...
- Space heaters, whether portable or stationary, account for just over two out of five (44%) home heating fires and four out of five (86%) home heating fire deaths.
- The leading factor contributing to home heating fires (27%) is failure to clean creosote from solid-fueled heating equipment, primarily chimneys.
- 54% of home heating fire deaths are contributed to heating equipment too close to objects that can burn, such as upholstered furniture, clothing, mattresses, or bedding.
- Nearly half (48%) of all home heating fires occur in December, January and February.
Top Safety Tips
- Keep anything that can burn, at least three-feet away from heating equipment, such as the furnace, fireplace, wood stove, or portable space heater.
- Have a three-foot, kid-free zone around open fires and space heaters.
- Never use your oven to heat your home.
- Have a qualified professional install stationary space heating equipment, water heaters or central heating equipment according to the local codes and manufacturer’s instructions.
- Have heating equipment and chimneys cleaned and inspected every year by a qualified professional.
- Remember to turn portable heaters off when leaving the room or going to bed.
- Always use the right kind of fuel, specified by the manufacturer, for fuel burning space heaters.
- When refueling kerosene heaters, be sure to move them outside to refill.
- Make sure the fireplace has a sturdy screen to stop sparks from flying into the room. Ashes should be cool before putting them in a metal container. Keep the container a safe distance away from your home.
- Test smoke alarms at least once a month.