Space Heater Safety Tips
Space heating equipment has been involved in more than 53,000 reported US home structure fires and 400 deaths. According to the National Fire Protection Association, these fires accounted for 14-percent of all reported home fires. Space heaters, whether portable or stationary, accounted for one-third of home heating fires and four out of five of home heating fire deaths. Anniston Fire Department Lieutenant Josh Kitchens says he has some space heater tips for viewers. Kitchens says the leading factor contributing to home heating fires was failure to clean chimneys. He says to clean out the trap and have your chimney inspected and cleaned annually. Half of all home heating fires occurred in December, January and February.