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Heating fire safety

Facts about home heating fires

  • From 2010-2012, an average of 45,200 home heating fires occurred in the United States each year. These fires caused an annual average of approximately 155 deaths, 625 injuries and $351 million in property loss.

  • Heating was the second leading cause of home fires after cooking.

  • 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 four-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 from June to August.

  • Confined fires — fires confined to chimneys, flues or fuel burners — accounted for 84 percent of home heating fires.

  • Twenty-nine percent of the nonconfined home heating fires — fires that spread past the object of origin — happened because the heat source (like a space heater or fire place) was too close to things that can burn.

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