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Heating Hazards; Portable Heaters

Overview: Tennessee suffered 33 deaths from portable heater fires from 2011-2016. An average of 98 portable heating fires and $2.37 million dollars in property loss are reported each year in Tennessee.

• 2 of every 5 home heating fires were caused by portable heaters.
• Always have a 3-foot safe zone around all space heaters.
• Never use an extension cord with portable space heaters!
• Space heaters, whether portable or stationary, accounted for two of every five (40%) of home heating fires and four out of five (84%) of home heating fire deaths.
• Placing things that can burn too close to heating equipment or placing heating equipment too close to things that can burn, such as upholstered furniture, clothing, mattress, or bedding, was the leading factor contributing to ignition in fatal home heating.
• All heaters need space. Keep anything that can burn at least 3 feet (1 meter) away from heating equipment.
• Turn heaters off when you go to bed or leave the room.
• Purchase and use space heaters that have an automatic shut-off—if they tip over, they shut off.
• Place space heaters on a solid, flat surface and keep them and their electrical cords away from things that can burn, high traffic areas, and doorways.
• Plug space heaters directly into wall outlets and never into an extension cord or power strip.

Contact Us

Fire Code Enforcement
120 Gary Wade Blvd.
Sevierville, TN 37862
Fax 865.453.5518

Office Hours:
Monday - Friday
8:00am - 5:00pm

Fire Marshal JC Green
Office 865.868.1709