Space Heater Fire Safety

  Space Heater Fires in 1999 

Forty-four space heater fires were reported to the Office of the State Fire Marshal in 1999.  These forty-four (44) space heater fires caused six civilian injuries, eight fire fighter injuries and an estimated dollar loss of $ 643.176.  Forty-one percent (41%) of these fires were caused by combustible materials such as bedding, rubbish or furniture that were too close to the heater, 9% were caused by lack of maintenance and another 9% were caused by other electrical failure.

 

SAFETY TIPS 

If you must use a space heater for heat, use it as safely as possible.  

 

The sale and use of unvented kerosene heaters is illegal in Massachusetts.