Heating equipment caused an estimated 50,500 home fires and 500 deaths between 2013 and 2017 according to the National Fire Protection Association. Learn how to stay safe with these tips:

  • Keep anything that can burn at least 3 feet from heat sources
  • Never leave a space heater unattended. Turn off when leaving a room or sleeping
  • Never plug a space heater into an extension cord
  • Never use a cooking stove to heat your home or dry clothes
  • Space heaters on level, flat surfaces on the ground
  • Have a qualified service professional inspect your heating system annually
  • Install and maintain carbon monoxide alarms
  • Never use a space heater or any appliance with a damaged cord


Read more from The Wall Street Journal and learn how to heat your home safely here.