Second Leading Cause Of House Fires Is This

by | Feb 11, 2020 | Heating | 0 comments

Do you know what the second leading cause of house fires is in America? Most of us have been running our furnaces all winter without giving a second thought to any seasonal maintenance that should be performed. But this could be a costly and deadly mistake. February and March are high-risk months for house fires from heating equipment.

According to The National Fire Protection Agency (NFPA) heating equipment is the second leading cause of house fires.

The following risks are detailed below for your home heating safety awareness. This will help you know how to prevent household heating fires.

Space Heaters

Here are some ways that space heaters can lead to a house fire.

  • Electric Shock
  • Burns
  • Circuit Overloads
  • Electrical Fires

Fireplaces and Chimneys

A house fire from improperly maintained fireplaces and chimneys is more common that most people realize.

  • High Burning Temperature
  • Hot Flying Embers
  • Failure to Clean and Maintain Chimney


The heat from a radiator can reach further than most people realize. Therefore its important to watch out for these potential risk factors.

  • Overheating
  • Thermal Injuries
  • Close to Flammable Materials

Kerosene Heaters

If a Kerosene heater isn’t properly maintained it can lead to dangerous conditions for a house fire.

  • Explosive when improperly fueled
  • Indoor Air Pollution

Central Heating System

While modern central heating systems have safety measures built in, its important not to neglect maintenance. Here is how one of these systems could lead to a fire in your home.

  • Dry Atmospheres Conducive to Fires

So, what can you do to prevent house fires from your heating equipment?

Tend to your heating system first to reduce your risks.

Get a maintenance plan from your HVAC provider. 

Upgrade to a Central Heating System.

Test all smoke detectors regularly.

Make a home evacuation plan and practice it.

Wrapping It Up

Since 1993, Southern Pride Service has treated safety as a top priority!

We respond promptly to your needs and handle your residential heating questions with the highest care and consideration. Our technicians will sit down with you, providing a thorough explanation of any services needed. We make sure that you understand and agree before taking any action, so you can have peace of mind in your decision.

Schedule A Safety Inspection Today!

Air Conditioning Repair Services

 If your air conditioning system isn't working properly, prompt repair is important to keep you comfortable in your home. Southern Pride Service offers cooling system repair services for AC systems of all types. This includes:

  • Central air conditioning system repair

  • Heat pump repair

  • Ductless air conditioning system repair

  • Geothermal system repair

Our experienced HVAC team can diagnose and treat all types of AC problems. Some common reasons that you might need cooling system repair include:

  • Air conditioner won't turn on 

  • Air conditioner won't cool properly 
  • Freezing of the outdoor unit

  • Leaks

  • Unusual sounds or smells

  • Electrical problems

Our repair technicians use the latest tools and technology to diagnose your system's needs. We offer fair, upfront pricing and prompt repair services.

 Schedule AC repair now so you can be cool and comfortable in your home. Call 301-932-4925 or contact us online.


Air Conditioning Installation and Replacement Services

 When it comes time to replace an older or faulty air conditioning system, or install an entirely new unit, our team will recommend the best system for your home and budget.  We'll work with you to take the stress out of the install process with quick and efficient service. We also offer financing options to make it more affordable. 

 Some signs that you're in need of replacement include:

  • Cost of repair is high, so replacement is more cost-effective

  • The system is 10 years old or older

  • You're struggling with frequent breakdowns

  • The system still runs on Freon

 For your air conditioning installation quote, contact the pros at Southern Pride Service.


Keep Your System Properly Maintained with Southern Pride Service

 Proper AC maintenance helps extend the life span of your air conditioning and cooling system and reduce the risk of a breakdown. We offer air conditioning  maintenance plans that will help you keep your system running properly to proactively avoid costly issues and repairs later down the line. We recommend scheduling maintenance at the start of the cooling season, so that your HVAC system can operate as efficiently as possible all season long.

 Is your air conditioner overdue for maintenance? Schedule it today by calling 301-932-4925 or contacting Southern Pride Service online for help.