Fire Hazards Caused by Space Heaters

Space Heaters can be Dangerous

Heating equipment is responsible for over 60,000 home structure fires in the U.S. every year according to a 2014 report by the National Fire Protection Association (download report as PDF).

  • Heating equipment was involved, on average, in an estimated 60,407 reported home structure fires, 488 civilian deaths, 1,621 civilian injuries, and $913 million in direct property damage.
  • Fires caused by heating equipment make up 15% of home fires and 19% of home deaths.
  • Of civilian deaths in home heating fires, 80% are caused by space heaters.


The most dangerous space heaters are the kerosene models with an open flame. 

A safe alternative would be a low-wattage electric space heater. Cozy Products offers a variety of personal heaters that not only keep users warm, but ultimately keep them safe.

Family members should take special note of elderly or disabled relatives who use space heaters. It is common for those with arthritis, diabetes, and circulation problems to require additional warmth.

A personal heater may be the perfect solution – as long as it is a safe product and it is used properly.

  • Space heaters should be kept the recommended distance from items (see manufacturer’s guidelines)
  • Space heaters should only be used in rooms where someone is present and awake
  • Space heaters should be plugged into an outlet directly – never into an extension cord!
  • See our piece on "Don't be hasty with Space Heater Safety" for more information