August 29, 2014

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Time to prepare for winter heating

The Kentucky State Fire Marshal is asking Kentuckians to inspect home heating appliances in preparation for the cold weather season.

“According to national statistics, heating equipment is one of the leading causes of home fires during the winter months. In fact, half of all home heating fires occur in December, January and February,” said William Swope, director of Kentucky’s Division of Fire Prevention. “The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) estimates that heating equipment was involved in about 58,000 reported home structure fires in 2009, which resulted in 480 civilian deaths, 1,520 injuries and cost more than $1 billion in property damage.