drop in the months ahead, the risk of home heating fires peaks. In fact, December, January and February are the leading months for
home fires, with 50% of all home heating fires occuring during this time.
In 2010, home heating equipment was
involved in an estimated 57,100 reported home structure
fires, 490 civilian deaths, 1,530 civilian injuries, and $1.1 billion in direct
your home this winter, remember that all heaters need space. Keep anything
that can burn at least three feet away from heating equipment, like the
furnace, fireplace, wood stove, or portable space heater. And remember to turn
off portable heaters when leaving the room or going to sleep.