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Home Heating Fires

Report: NFPA's "Home Heating Fires"
Author: Richard Campbell
Issued: December 2022


Report highlights

  • Heating equipment is a leading cause of fires in U.S. homes. Local fire departments responded to an estimated average of 44,210 home structure fires caused by heating equipment each year in 2016-2020. These fires resulted in annual losses of 480 civilian deaths, 1,370 civilian injuries, and $1 billion in direct property damage.
  • Heating equipment caused one in six home structure fires (13%) that took place in 2016–2020 and 18% of home fire deaths.
  • A vast majority of home heating fire deaths (88%) involved stationary or portable space heaters.
  • Nearly half (46%) of all home heating fires occurred in January, February, and December.


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