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Local fire departments responded to an estimated average of 44,210 fires involving heating equipment per year in 2016-2020, accounting for 13% of all reported home fires during this time. These fires resulted in annual losses of 480 civilian deaths, 1,370 civilian injuries, and more than $1 billion in direct property damage. 


Social media messages

Use our sample social media posts on heating safety on your Facebook, Twitter on Instagram account.

  • Nearly half of home heating equipment fires are reported during the months of December, January & February. Stay safe:
  • Heating equipment is a leading cause of home fire deaths. Please review @NFPA's safety information: #WinterSafety
  • Keep anything that can burn at least 3ft from heating equip (furnace, fireplace, wood stove, portable heater)
  • Read all of NFPA's heating safety tips & download our free safety tip sheet: #WinterSafety
  • With a few simple safety tips & precautions you can prevent most heating fires from happening.
  • In this video, tips are given in American #SignLanguage for staying safe & warm while heating your home.
  • Have heating equipment & chimneys cleaned and inspected every year by a qualified professional. #WinterSafety
  • Give space heaters space! They account for 9 out of 10 home heating fire deaths: #WinterSafety
  • Everyone's favorite guy, Dan Doofus, teaches us some important safety lessons about heating:
  • The @NFPA’s easy to read safety tip sheet on heating is available in 9 additional languages! #Farsi #Chinese #Arabic 

Dan Doofus learns some important safety lessons about home heating.

Heating fire facts

Based on 2016-2020 annual averages:

  • Space heaters were the type of heating equipment responsible for the largest shares of losses in home heating equipment fires, accounting for one-third of the fires, but nearly nine out of ten deaths and four out of five of the injuries in home fires caused by heating equipment. 
  • Fires originating in a kitchen or cooking area accounted for the largest share of home heating fires (17%). 
  • While the larger (non-confined) fires involving fireplaces or chimneys were involved in fewer than one in ten fires caused by heating equipment (7%), they caused just over one-fifth of the direct property damage (22%).
  • Nearly half of the heating equipment fires (46%) occurred in the three-month period from December through February.

Source: NFPA Applied Research

In this presentation, tips are given in American sign language for staying safe and warm while heating the home.