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Home Safety Awareness: Heating Equipment is Second Leading Cause of House Fires


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!