An estimated 900 portable heater fires are reported each year in the U.S. resulting in an estimated 70 deaths, 150 injuries, and $53 million in property loss. Studies show 52% of portable heating fires in residential buildings occurred because the heat source was too close to combustibles. The US Fire Administration states that 38% of portable heater fires in residential buildings originated in the bedroom.
- Always keep combustible items at least 3 feet from any heat source.
- Never refuel a portable heater inside
- If you are using a fuel burning heat source be sure to have a working carbon monoxide detector in the home
- Be sure you have a working smoke detectors in the home
- Have a fire escape plan and practice it
For more information on fire safety go to www.usfa.fema.gov or contact your local fire department.