The National Fire Protection Association says more than one in six home fires start from heating equipment, which is the second most common cause of a fire behind cooking. While most heating-related fires start from either space heaters or fire places, more than one out of every 10 starts with a central heating system.
What are the most common causes of home heating fires?
Most home heating fire deaths (81%) involved stationary or portable space heaters. The leading factor contributing to home heating fires (25%) was failure to clean, principally from solid-fueled heating equipment, primarily chimneys.
Can a space heater start a fire?
The National Fire Protection Association names these three reasons that a space heater can start a fire: The unit is too close to a flammable agent like a mattress or bedding; the space heater is on but not attended; and dirty chimneys. -Require a three-foot childfree zone around space heaters.
What can cause an air conditioner to catch fire?
Failing to keep the not cleaned properly Failing to clean your air conditioner properly results in the accumulation of dirt and dust particles in its air vents, filters, coils, and fins. This obstructs normal airflow and could result in your unit malfunctioning and in the end cause a fire. 3. Faulty parts and equipment
Are gas or electric water heaters more likely to cause a fire?
Gas water heaters are significantly more likely to cause a fire than electric water heaters are. There is one significant reason for this: gas water heaters use natural or propane gas to heat water, while electric water heaters don’t. Electric water heaters are more prone to electrical fires.
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