Fireplace, Stove, and Heater Home Fire Safety

Each year fire claims the lives of 4,000 Americans, injures tens of thousands, and causes billions of dollars worth of damage. People living in rural areas are more than twice as likely to die in a fire than those living in mid-sized cities or suburban areas. Wood stoves cause over 9,000 residential fires every year. More than one-third of Americans use fireplaces, wood stoves and other fuel-fired appliances as primary heat sources in their homes. Unfortunately, many people are unaware of the fire risks when heating with wood and solid fuels. The misuse of wood stoves, portable space heaters and kerosene heaters are especially common risks in rural areas.

Heating fires account for 36% of residential home fires in rural areas every year. Often these fires are due to creosote buildup in chimneys and stovepipes. All home heating systems require regular maintenance to function safely and efficiently.

The Haworth Volunteer Fire Department and the United States Fire Administration (USFA) encourage you to practice the following fire safety steps to keep those home fires safely burning. We believe rural fire problems can be reduced by teaching people to recognize the hazards. By following some of the outlined precautionary steps, individuals can greatly reduce their chances of becoming a fire casualty.Remember, fire safety is your personal responsibility... Fire Stops With You!

Keep Fireplaces and Wood Stoves Clean

Safely Burn Fuels Protect the Outside of Your Home Protect the Inside of Your Home Electric Space Heaters Kerosene Heaters Finally, having a working smoke alarm dramatically increases your chances of surviving a fire. And remember to practice a home escape plan frequently with your family.