The U.S. Fire Administration (USFA) announces the release of two special reports regarding heating fires and portable heater fires in residential buildings. An estimated average of 54,500 heating fires in residential buildings occurs each year in the
Heating is the second leading cause of all residential building fires, following cooking, and is most prevalent during the winter when the use of central heating systems, portable heaters, and fireplaces is most common. Portable heaters account for an estimated average of 3,800 fires in residential buildings and result in 115 deaths, 250 injuries, and $98 million in property damage each year. Fifty percent of portable heater fires occur because the heat source is too close to combustibles.
The reports, Heating Fires in Residential Buildings and Portable Heater Fires in Residential Buildings, were developed by the USFA’s
Copies of the topical reports can be downloaded from: http://www.usfa.dhs.gov/statistics/reports/