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Fire Safety

Home Heating Safety

Home Heating Safety

Carol Nolte, Deputy State Fire Marshal for WV State Fire Marshal's Office/Public Education Division urges us all to take time to keep our home safe and has provided us with the following information concerning home heating safety.

If you plan to use a portable or fixed space heater this winter to offset high heating bills - use extreme caution. In the month of October 2009 alone, six (6) fire deaths in West Virginia are thought to have been caused by misuse or malfunction of space heaters. Last year in West Virginia, heating equipment fires ranked second only to cooking fires in terms of frequency, with 444 known heating fires comprising 14% of the state's reported 8,202 fires. (Cooking caused 19% of total fires.)

Leading reasons for fires starting with space heaters

Safety tips

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Take the time to learn more about how you can prevent fires in the home.

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