Fire Prevention Week - Heating

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This week is National Fire Prevention Week and an important time to look at preventing fires both here and at home.

Did you know that heating is the #2 reason of home? In 2005, heating equipment was involved in 62,200 reported U.S. home structure fires, with 670 deaths, 1,550 injuries, and $909 million in direct property damage. Nearly half of all home heating fires occurred in December, January and February in 2002-2005.

The use of portable space heaters were responsible for almost 1/3 of all home heating fires and 3/4 of all deaths in 2005. The top reason . . . heating equipment too close to things that can burn, such as upholstered furniture, clothing, mattress, or bedding.

If you utilize a portable space heater this winter, ensure it is at least 3 feet away from anything that is can readily catch fire.

For more information you can visit www.firepreventionweek.org

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