ABSTRACT

Heating Fires in Residential Buildings (2013-2015)   [open pdf - 713KB]

"Each year, from 2013 to 2015, an estimated average of 45,900 heating fires in residential buildings occurred in the U.S. and resulted in an annual average of 205 deaths, 725 injuries, and $506 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. 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 number of heating fires has substantially decreased. In 1983, there were 200,000 heating fires, but by 2015, that number had fallen to an estimated 41,200 (Table 1). Despite this decline, from 2013 to 2015, heating remained the second-leading cause and accounted for 12 percent of all residential building fires responded to by fire departments across the nation."

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2017-10
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Public Domain
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U.S. Fire Administration: http://www.usfa.fema.gov/
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Topical Fire Report Series (October 2017), v.18 no.7
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