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Kerosene & Gas Heaters
 Fuel Containers Facts, Figures & General Information
As days grow shorter and outside temperatures fall lower, many of us turn to fireplaces, woodstoves and other alternative heating methods to help keep our homes warm when the weather turns cold, icy and snowy. However, as we turn to these alternative heating methods, we increase our risk of fire: half of all home heating fires occur in December, January and February. In fact, in 2009, an estimated 58,900 reported home structure fires involved heating equipment and resulted in:
  • 480 civilian deaths,
  • 1520 civilian injuries and
  • $1.1 billion in direct property damage
Safety Tips (a partial list)
To help remind us of the dangers of home heating fires, the United States Fire Administration (USFA) and the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), have combined efforts to bring us these safety tips:
  • Kerosene and gas heaters should have the label of a recognized testing laboratory.
  • Always use the proper fuel as specified by the manufacturer.
  • When refueling, allow the appliance to cool and refuel outside.
  • When using the heater, open a window to ensure proper ventilation.
  • Always use the proper grade of the proper fuel in portable kerosene heaters or other liquid-fueled space heaters.
  • the pilot light of your gas heater goes out:
    • allow five minutes or more for the gas to go away before trying again
    • do not allow gas to accumulate
    • light the match before you turn on the gas to the pilot to avoid risk of flashback
  • If you smell gas in your gas heater, do not attempt to light the appliance. Leave the building immediately and call 9-1-1, the fire department, or the gas company.
  • Test smoke alarms monthly.
  • Download Sparky’s Home Heating Safety Checklist and hang it on your refrigerator to remind every member of your family to stay safe and warm this (and every!) winter.
  • For fuel assistance, contact the Energy Assistance Referral line: (866) 674-6327.
Get Ahead of the Freeze
NFPA 10 Tips -
 Get Ahead
of the
 Winter Freeze
For more safety tips and other information about this topic and many others, visit the National Fire Protection Association.

NFPA's report, “Home Fires Involving Heating Equipment" (PDF, 723 KB), by John R. Hall, Jr., November 2011
USFA’s, “Put a Freeze on Winter Fires

NFPA does not test, label or approve any products.

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