With temperatures plummeting its easy for us to crank up the thermostat, light the fireplace, or add space heaters to the mix. Before you do though, take note of some information from the NFPA.
- Space heaters, whether portable or stationary, accounted for just over two of every five (44%) of home heating fires and four out of five (86%) of home heating fire deaths.
- The leading factor contributing to home heating fires (28%) was failure to clean, principally creosote from solid-fueled heating equipment, primarily chimneys.
- Placing things that can burn too close to heating equipment or placing heating equipment too close to things that can burn, such as upholstered furniture, clothing, mattress, or bedding, was the third leading factor contributing to ignition in fatal home heating fires and accounted for more than half (53%) of home heating fire deaths.
- Nearly half (48%) of all home heating fires occurred in December, January and February.
So what are some things that can be done? Well here’s the NFPA’s own Dan Doofus with some tips on winter heating safety:
Keep warm and keep safe! Remember, fire prevention begins with YOU.