In a recent press release, State Fire Marshal Rodney Raby notes that National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) statistics show that heating equipment is the leading cause of fires in December, January and February.
“As energy prices rise, more and more people are supplementing their main heating systems with portable heaters, fireplaces, stoves and similar devices,” Raby said. “While supplemental heat can be very useful, it is very important to exercise caution in using such equipment.”
The most recent statistics on the issue were compiled in 2003. In that year, heating equipment contributed to more than 50,000 house fires in the United Sates, killing 260 people. The EPPC release listed several suggestions from the NFPA to reduce the risk of a supplemental heating device causing a fire.
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