NFPA: Home Heating Fire Deaths At 20-Year Low

The number of people who died in home fires involvingheating equipment fell to the lowest level in 20 years, according to a new NFPA (National Fire Protection Association) report.In 1999, the most recent year for which statistics are available, home heating fires killed 301 people in the United States, by far the lowest number since NFPA started collecting such data in 1980. In contrast, the highest number of home-heating deaths in that 20-year span was 979 in 1985."People are heeding our safety messages and the fire problem continues to decline," said John R. Hall, Jr., Ph.D., of NFPA's fire analysis and research division. "But data from the United Kingdom and Canada, where the death ra...

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