5 Ways to Prevent House Fires this Fall

2. Fix Up Your Furnace

Cold weather will be here before you know it, and it’s important to get your furnace checked — not just to make sure you have heat when frigid temps set in, but also to make sure it’s in tip-top shape.

From 2009-2013, U.S. fire departments responded to an estimated average of 56,000 structure fires per year in homes that involved heating equipment, according to the National Fire Protection Association.

These fires resulted in annual losses of 470 civilian deaths, 1,490 civilian injuries, and $1.0 billion in direct property damage.

Thirty-six percent of homeowners have their furnaces inspected and serviced at least once a year.


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