How to Safely Heat Your Home
It’s an unfortunate fact that space heaters, fireplaces and wood-burning stoves cause more structure fires than central heat and hot-water heaters combined. Between 2014 and 2018, the National Fire Protection Association reported that these heat sources caused 14 percent of all home fires. And fires caused by space heaters led to 81 percent of deaths caused by home heating fires and resulted in $1.1 billion in direct property damage.
This information isn’t meant to scare you into closing off the fireplace and stashing the space heater. By all means, keep enjoying them—just keep safety in mind so you can protect yourself, your family and your home against smoke and fire damage.