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Heating

Proper heating practices are crucial in preventing fires, which can lead to severe property damage, injuries, and loss of lives.

Fire safety and prevention are essential elements in any home, workplace, or public area. One of the main causes of fires is heating equipment malfunction or misuse. Proper heating practices are crucial in preventing fires, which can lead to severe property damage, injuries, and loss of lives. Heating safety is about ensuring that heating equipment is correctly installed, used, and maintained. It’s also about having an emergency plan in place and the knowledge to act quickly in case of a fire. In this guide, we will explore heating fire safety and prevention measures that will help you understand the risks and how to protect yourself, your loved ones, and your property. Whether you use an electric heater, fireplace, or furnace, read on to learn about the essential precautions you should take to stay safe.

Heating

Safety Tips

    • Keep anything that can burn at least 3 feet from all heat sources including fireplaces, wood stoves, radiators, space heaters or candles.
    • Never use an oven to heat your home.
    • Turn space heaters off when leaving the room or going to bed.
    • Maintain heating equipment and chimneys by having them cleaned and inspected each year by a professional.
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Home portable heater fires were only 3% of all home heating fires annually for 2017-2019, but they accounted for 41% of fatal heating fires in homes.

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never use oven as heater
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Although trending downward since the early 1980s, heating fires remained the second leading cause of home fires in 2021. An estimated 32,200 home heating fires were reported to fire departments within the United States. These fires caused an estimated 190 deaths, 625 injuries and $442 million in property loss.

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