USFA Releases Residential Building Heating Fires, Portable Heater Fires Topical Reports

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 United States. Annually, these fires are responsible for an estimated 190 civilian fire deaths, 625 civilian fire injuries, and $286 million in property loss.  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 o...

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