Put a Freeze on Winter Fires

Heating fire safety outreach materials

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Facts about home heating fires

  • In 2011, heating equipment was involved in an estimated 53,600 reported U.S. home structure fires, with associated losses of 400 civilian deaths, 1,520 civilian injuries, and $893 million in direct property damage. These fires accounted for 14 percent of all reported home fires.
  • Space heaters, whether portable or stationary, accounted for one-third (33 percent) of home heating fires and four out of five (81 percent) of home heating fire deaths.
  • The leading factor contributing to home heating fires (28 percent) was failure to clean, principally creosote from solid-fueled heating equipment, primarily chimneys.
  • Placing things that can burn too close to heating equipment or placing heating equipment too close to things that can burn, such as upholstered furniture, clothing, mattress, or bedding, was the leading factor contributing to ignition in fatal home heating fires and accounted for more than half (53 percent) of home heating fire deaths.
  • Half (50 percent) of all home heating fires occurred in December, January and February.
  • Download NFPA home heating equipment fires fact sheet (PDF, 37 Kb)

Handout: heating your home safely

Focus on Fire Safety: heating your home safely Download this form-fillable handout (PDF, 684 Kb)

Outreach materials from the U.S. Fire Administration

Help increase awareness about dangerous home heating fires in your community with these messages and free materials.

Public service announcement: portable heater fire safety

Video series: fireplace safety

In this series of seven videos, National Fire Academy Deputy Superintendent Rob Neale describes the techniques to build an enjoyable and safe recreational fire in your home. The series includes an overview on inspecting the fireplace, appropriate materials to burn, and how to control the fire to prevent unwanted accidents. Watch the series »

Stock photography

Use these free, high resolution photos to customize your materials and help spread the word in your community about heating fire safety.

Visit the heating fire safety photo gallery

Social media messages

Copy and paste these messages to your social media accounts and ask your followers to share.



Space heaters cause one-third of home heating fires and 4 out of 5 home heating fires deaths. Protect your family: if you're heating your home with a space heater this winter, take a few moments to review these safety tips from the U.S. Fire Administration http://www.usfa.fema.gov/citizens/home_fire_prev/heating/

Fire Prevention and Public Education Exchange

The Exchange serves as a centralized location for national, state and local fire prevention and life safety practices and public education materials that organizations may wish to share with other communities. Visit the Exchange.

Outreach materials from other organizations

The U.S. Fire Administration recommends the following organizations as trusted and reliable sources for free outreach materials you can use to help increase awareness about home electrical fires in your community.

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