Heating Fire Facts
Based on 2012-2016 annual averages:
– Most home heating fire deaths (86%) involved stationary or portable space heaters.
– The leading factor contributing to home heating fires (27%) was failure to clean, principally from solid-fueled heating equipment, primarily chimneys.
– The leading factor contributing to ignition for home heating fire deaths (54%) was heating equipment too close to things that can burn, such as upholstered furniture, clothing, mattress, or bedding.
– Nearly half (48%) of all home heating fires occurred in December, January and February.
Source: NFPA’s “Home Fires Involving Heating Equipment” report