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January 19th, 2016

Did you know…….

  • From 2010-2012, an average of 45,200 home heating fires occurred in the United States each year, resulting in an annual average of approximately 155 deaths, 625 injuries and $351 million in property loss.
  • Statistics show that heating is the second leading cause of all home fires, the leading cause was cooking.
  • Home heating fires peak in the early evening hours between 5:00 p.m. and 9:00 p.m. with the highest peak occurring between 6:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m. This four hour period accounted for 30 percent of all home heating fires.
  • Confined fires, those fires confined to chimneys, flues, or fuel burners, accounted for 84 percent of home heating fires.
  • Twenty-nine percent of home heating fires occurred because the heat source was placed too close to items that can burn.

Follow these heating tips to help maintain a fire and a safe home this winter:

  • Keep anything that can burn, such as bedding, clothing and curtains, at least 3 feet away from a heating source, this would include heaters, fireplaces and wood stoves.
  • Make sure the heater has an automatic shut off in case it tips over.
  • Turn off heaters when you go to bed or leave the room.
  • Plug portable heaters directly into outlets and never into an extension cord or power strip.
  • Put fires in fireplaces and wood stoves out before you go to sleep or leave your home.
  • Put ashes in metal container with a lid, at least 3 feet from your home.
  • Have fireplaces, wood stoves and furnaces inspected regularly.

For additional information, visit or call the Spalding County Fire Department at 770-228-2129

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