At a Glance
From 2017 to 2019, an estimated average of
portable heater fires in residential buildings
were reported to U.S. fire departments each year.
These fires caused an estimated annual average of:
in property loss
3% of heating fires in residential buildings involved portable heaters. However, portable heaters were involved in 41% of fatal heating fires in residential buildings.
Portable heater fires in residential buildings peaked in January (25%).
The leading reported factor contributing to ignition was placing a heat source too close to combustible objects (48%).
Portable heater fires in residential buildings most often started in bedrooms (34%).
Smoke alarms were present in 41% of portable heater fires in occupied residential buildings.
Full or partial automatic extinguishing systems (AESs), including residential sprinklers, were present in only 2% of portable heater fires in occupied residential buildings.