For the seventh consecutive year, the NFPA is helping UL in working for greater home safety by cosponsoring UL's Operation Decoration holiday safety campaign. The program is aimed at helping the public prevent home fires, as well as electric shock and other injuries, which are far too common during the holiday season and winter months.
According to the NFPA, a home fire occurs every 82 seconds in this country. In 2000 alone, approximately 368,000 fires occurred in residences, killing 3,420 people and injuring 16,975. While home heating is normally a necessity during the colder months, home fires should not be a consequence. The safety professionals at UL and NFPA offer the following tips and cautions regarding home heating that HVAC contractors can pass along to customers:
Publication date: 11/25/2002