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The time to think about fire prevention safety is always; but especially as the weather starts to cool down and the time to turn on your home heating equipment arrives. Whether you use a home heating unit, some sort of portable device or a wood-burning or gas fireplace, all can lead to fires in the home if not properly installed, maintained, and operated. Implementing fire prevention safety measures can keep you and your family safe.

Did you know … Half of home heating fires are reported during the months of December, January, and February.

Fire Prevention Safety Tips

According to the National Fire Protection Association, heating is the second leading cause of home fires and home fire injuries, and the third leading cause of home fire deaths.

Use the following list as a fire prevention and home safety checklist.

  • Make sure all heating equipment is properly installed and vented by a qualified professional and complied with local codes and manufacturer’s instructions.
  • fire prevention fire prevention safety fire prevention safety measuresMake sure you have a working smoke alarm and be sure to test them once a month.
  • Keep anything that can burn (such as paper or wood) three feet away from all heating units.
  • Have a three-foot “kid-free zone” around open fires and space heaters.
  • Have chimneys and vents cleaned and inspected by a qualified professional every year
  • Only use the recommended fuel.
  • Dispose of ash properly. Scoop cooled ashes into a metal container and store it away from your home.
  • Make sure that you have a spark screen in front of the fireplace.
  • Make sure that you have a properly installed chimney cap.
  • Remember to turn portable heaters off when leaving the room or going to bed.

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The National Fire Protection Association reports that:

  • One quarter of home fire deaths are due to fires that start in the bedroom.
  • Three out of five home fire deaths are due to fires in homes with no smoke alarms or no working smoke alarms.
  • Working smoke alarms cut the risk of dying in reported home fires in half.

heating equipment home heating equipment fires in the homeSmoke alarms are a critical part of fire prevention and safety in the home giving you an early warning so you and your family can get outside quickly.

  • Smoke alarms should be replaced every 10 years but test every month.
  • To find out how old a smoke alarm is, look at the date of manufacture on the back of the alarm; the alarm should be replaced 10 years from that date.
  • Use interconnected smoke alarms. When one smoke alarm sounds, they all sound.
  • A smoke alarm should be on the ceiling or high on a wall. Keep them away from the kitchen to reduce false alarms.
  • People who are hard-of-hearing or deaf can use special alarms. These alarms have strobe lights and bed shakers.

Be sure to install smoke alarms in every bedroom, outside each separate sleeping area, and on every level of your home, including the basement.


No matter the fire safety precautions you put in place, there is always the potential of someone suffering a burn injury. First-degree burns can be extremely painful and third degree can be life threatening. If you or a family member suffers a burn whether from a fire or other hot appliances, you need to seek medical attention immediately.

Read: What You Need to Know About Burn Injuries

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Editor’s Note: This post was originally published October 11, 2016. It was reviewed on September 5, 2022, updated for content and accuracy, and re-published on September 7, 2022.

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