We consider our homes a sanctuary, a safe place to hide out and recharge but when a catastrophe happens at home, whether it be a robbery, an injury or a fire it can be very devastating.

The discussion in this blog will cover home fires caused by heating systems.  According to FEMA, over 25% of the home heating fires are attributed to a lack of maintenance.  Furnace maintenance or at least a safety inspection should occur annually especally if your furnace is greater than 13-15 years old.

The video below is of a smaller controlled fire in the furnace – interrupting the residents and making for one long cold night – Source: video by martintheman16  



  • The decline in the incidence of heating fires has been dramatic. Over the past 20 years, the estimated number of residential building heating fires has fallen from 200,000 to 49,000 in 2004.
  • Heating fires are the second leading cause of all residential building fires (behind cooking fires).
  • Confined heating fires, those fires confined to chimneys, flues, fuel boxes, or boilers, account for 86% of residential building heating fires.
  • Heating fires due to electrical failures are more prevalent in multifamily homes than in one- and two-family residences.
  • Over one-quarter of residential building heating fires result from improper maintenance of heating equipment, specifically the failure to clean the equipment.

Sometimes it is the filter choking the furnace is the cause.

clogged residential filter

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By Published On: September 29, 2014

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