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Titusville Fire Department Cautions Residents
About Potential Safety Cost of Alternative Heating Equipment
As energy costs reach record highs, many Americans are turning to portable electric space heaters and wood-, pellet- coal or kerosene-burning stoves, and other non-traditional heating sources to defray costs. With the increase in use comes an increase in fire risk. Titusville Fire and Emergency ServicesDepartmentencourages residents to use caution when using alternative heating equipment this winter.
According to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), half of all home-heating fires occur during the winter months. On average, NFPA research show that heating equipment is involved in almost 70,000 reported U.S. home structure fires per year, with associated loss of roughly 600 civilian deaths, more than 1,600 civilian injuries and almost $900 million in direct property damage.
“As a leading cause of home fires, heating safety is a concern for every community every winter. This year, with the projected increase in use of alternative heating equipment, families need to be especially vigilant to use all heating appliances properly,” said Titusville’s Fire Chief Chuck Bogle.
Titusville Fire and Emergency Services is encouraging residents who use pellet stoves, wood stoves, space heaters or any other home heating equipment this winter to follow this advice:
For more information regarding heating and fire safety, please contact the Titusville Fire and Emergency Services Department, 383-5708.