Heating Fires in Residential Buildings (2017-2019)   [open pdf - 890KB]

From the Document: "From 2017 to 2019, heating fires in residential buildings accounted for an estimated annual average of 34,200 reported fires. These fires resulted in an estimated annual average of 165 deaths, 600 injuries and $367 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 may be 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 heating fires and, by 2019, it fell even further to an estimated 33,100 heating fires (Table 1). Despite this decline, from 2017 to 2019, submitted incident reporting indicates heating remained the second leading cause and accounted for 9% of all residential building fires responded to by fire departments across the nation. As part of a series of topical reports that address fires in types of residential buildings, this report addresses the characteristics of residential building heating fires as reported to the NFIRS [National Fire Incident Reporting System]."

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Topical Fire Report Series (December 2021), v.21 issue 10
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