US Fire Administration Releases Report on Heating Fires in Residential Buildings

Heating is the Second Leading Cause of Home Fires; Prepare Now for a Fire-Safe Heating Season

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EMMITSBURG, MD – Fall begins this Saturday, and with it comes cooler temperatures and the resulting seasonal increase in the number of home heating fires. To help Americans understand the nature of the heating fire problem, the U.S. Fire Administration (USFA) today issued a special report: Heating Fires in Residential Buildings (2008-2010). Developed by USFA’s National Fire Data Center, the report is based on data from the National Fire Incident Reporting System (NFIRS).

According to the report:

Home heating fires are preventable! As heating season gets underway in many parts of the country, the USFA would like to remind everyone of the following safety tips:

Heating Fires in Residential Buildings (2008-2010) is part of the Topical Fire Report Series. Topical reports explore facets of the United States fire problem as depicted through data collected in NFIRS. Each topical report briefly addresses the nature of the specific fire or fire-related topic, highlights important findings from the data, and may suggest other resources to consider for further information. Also included are recent examples of fire incidents that demonstrate some of the issues addressed in the report or that put the report topic in context.

For further information regarding other topical reports or fire prevention, visit the USFA website at

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