Heating Fires in Residential Buildings (2008-2010)   [open pdf - 423KB]

"From 2008 to 2010, an estimated average of 50,100 heating fires in residential buildings occurred in the United States each year and resulted in an annual average of approximately 150 deaths, 575 injuries, and $326 million in property loss. The term 'heating fires' applies to those fires that are caused by central heating units, fixed or portable local heating units, fireplaces, heating stoves, chimneys, and water heaters. From 2008 to 2010, heating was the second leading cause and accounted for 14 percent of all residential building fires responded to by fire departments across the Nation. Previously, especially during the late 1970s and early 1980s, heating was, by far, the leading cause of residential building fires. Stimulated, in part, by an energy shortage, this surge in heating fires was the result of the sudden increased use of alternative heating, particularly wood heating stoves and space heaters. Since then, the overall numbers of heating fires have substantially decreased. In 1983, there were 200,000 heating fires, but by 2010, that number had fallen to an estimated 46,800."

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Topical Fire Report Series (September 2012), v.13 no.8
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