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Space heaters involved in 79% of fatal home heating fires

It was recently reported by the National Fire Protection Association that 32% of home heating fires are caused by space heaters. At nearly nearly one third of all home fires, that number is quite staggering, however even more sobering is that the same report stated that space heaters are to blame for 79% of all fatal home heating fires. It is very important that space heaters not be used unless in an emergency situation.

“Half of fatal home space heater fires started because something was too close to the heater and ignited. Keep heaters and things that can burn at least three feet apart,” said Lorraine Carli, NFPA’s vice president of communications. “Heating fires and the deaths they cause can usually be prevented with awareness and a few simple actions.”

Over this holiday season, and the rest of this winter, please take precautions against fire in your home. Check your smoke detector batteries once a month and replace batteries as needed. Purchase a fire extinguisher for your kitchen. Don't use space heaters unless pre-approved by management as a temporary, emergency solution for a broken primary heat source.

If you must use space heaters during for an emergency reason, use the following precautions:

  • Turn heaters off when you go to bed or leave the room.

  • Use and purchase portable space heaters with an automatic shut off so if they’re tipped over they will shut off.

  • Place space heater on solid, flat surface.

  • Plug power cords directly into outlets and never into an extension cord.

  • Inspect for cracked or damaged, broken plugs or loose connections. Replace before using. (

Stay safe!

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