Space heaters need space. That's a key message from the nonprofit National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) and the United States Fire Administration (USFA).
Space heaters annually account for one-third of reported U.S. home heating fires, and four out of five associated civilian deaths.
Keep things that can burn at least 3 feet away from space heaters, and create a three-foot "kid-free zone" around them. Make sure to use equipment that has the label of a recognized testing laboratory, and have a qualified professional install stationary space heating equipment according to the local codes and manufacturer's instructions.
For portable electric heaters:
Kerosene and gas burning stoves can be effective tools for heating, but they also pose fire hazards that contribute to home heating equipment as the second leading cause of U.S. home fires.
That's one reason why the nonprofit National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) and the U.S. Fire Administration (USFA) are teaming up to reduce the risk of home heating fires. Both organizations offer the following guidelines for safe use of kerosene and gas burning stoves:
Heating equipment is the leading cause of home fire deaths.
The National Fire Protection Association recommends following these home heating safety tips:
Often called the silent killer, carbon monoxide is an invisible, odorless, colorless gas created when fuels burn incompletely. In the home, heating equipment that burns fuel is a potential source of carbon monoxide, with November, December and January representing peak months for (non-fire) carbon monoxide incidents.
To reduce the risk of carbon monoxide and other home heating hazards this winter, the nonprofit National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) and the U.S. Fire Administration (USFA) have teamed up to promote their joint fire safety campaign, "Put a Freeze on Winter Fires," and urge everyone to take the following precautions to prevent carbon monoxide in their homes:
If you have an emergency would your house be easy to find?