As temperatures drop in the months ahead, the risk of home heating fires peaks. In fact, December, January and February are the leading months for home fires, with 50% of all home heating fires occuring during this time.
In 2010, home heating equipment was involved in an estimated 57,100 reported home structure fires, 490 civilian deaths, 1,530 civilian injuries, and $1.1 billion in direct property damage.
When heating your home this winter, remember that all heaters need space. Keep anything that can burn at least three feet away from heating equipment, like the furnace, fireplace, wood stove, or portable space heater. And remember to turn off portable heaters when leaving the room or going to sleep.Check out even more home heating safety tips.