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Portable Heater Fires Report

Home heating season is here. A new USFA report, Portable Heater Fires in Residential Buildings (2008-2010), examines the characteristics of these fires. While portable heating fires were small in number, the consequences were substantial, accounting for nearly half of all fatal heating fires in residential buildings. Many of these fires were preventable as human error—placing the heater too close to combustible items or leaving the heater unattended—was a contributing factor.

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Civilian Fire Fatalities

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Firefighter Fatalities

Neal Smith
Atascocita Volunteer Fire Department, TX
Chris Seelye
USDA Forest Service, WA
Steven Henry, Jr.
Columbia Consolidated Fire Department, PA

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