Use Extra Caution When Operating Heating Equipment

by admin on December 7, 2010

With winter weather just around the corner, it’s important to ensure that your heating systems are working properly. These stats tell a grim story.

  • 66,100: The number of reported U.S. home structure fires in 2008 that involved heating equipment.
  • 480: The number of civilian deaths resulting from heating equipment fires in the U.S. in 2008.
  • 17: The percentage of all reported home fires in 2008 that involved heating equipment.
  • 49: The percentage of home heating fires that occur during December, January and February, based on 2004-2008 annual averages.
  • 32: The percentage of home heating fires that started from space heaters, whether portable or stationery, based on 2004-2008 annual averages.
  • 1.1 billion: The dollar amount of direct property damage resulting from heating equipment fires in 2008.

NIFAST wants you to be safe this winter. Schedule a home safety inspection to make sure that your heating equipment is operating properly. For more information, visit www.nifast.org.

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