Firefighters warn heating is a top cause of fires

How you heat your home matters, as New Hampshire firefighters warn about unsafe practices.
Published: Dec. 22, 2022 at 6:00 AM EST
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CONCORD, N.H. (WCAX) - Experts warn that unsafe heating practices are a top cause of fires every year.

According to the New Hampshire state fire marshal, the average number of heating fires in the state every year is 450. They say it’s a top cause of fires in the state.

Experts say to keep anything that can burn three feet away from space heaters, fireplaces, wood stoves and radiators. They also recommended getting your chimneys and vents inspected.

“Chimney fires are a significant concern. New Hampshire had over 1,300 chimney fires in the past five years (2017-2021), accounting for over half of heating fires during that period,” New Hampshire State Fire Marshal Sean Toomey said.

Click here for more information on heating safety and tips.