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 Heating Stove Facts, Figures and 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:
  • Wood stoves and space heaters should have the label of a recognized testing laboratory.
  • Keep anything that can burn at least three feet away from heating equipment, like the furnace, fireplace, woodstove or portable space heater.
  • Have a three-foot “kid-free zone” around open fires and space heaters.
  • Never use your oven to heat your home.
  • Have a qualified professional install stationary space heating equipment, water heaters or central heating equipment according to the local codes and manufacturers’ instructions.
  • Have heating equipment and chimneys cleaned and inspected every year by a licensed and qualified professional.
  • Always use the right kind of fuel, specified by the manufacturer, for fuel burning space heaters.

Get Ahead of the Winter Freeze
NFPA Get Ahead
of the Winter
Freeze Tips

  • Make sure the fireplace has a sturdy screen to stop sparks from flying into the room.
  • Allow ashes to cool before disposing. Dispose of ashes in a tightly covered metal container and keep the ash container at least 10 feet away from the home and any other nearby buildings. Douse and saturate the ashes with water.
  • 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.
For more safety tips and other information about this topic and many others, visit the National Fire Protection Association.

Sources:
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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