For Immediate Release
Press Contact: Dory Ehrlich, Fire Department, (510) 981-5585


Berkeley, California (Tuesday, November 27, 2007) - Heating equipment is the second leading cause of home fires, according to the National Fire Protection Association. In an average year, heating equipment is involved in 59,000 home structure fires, resulting in 330 deaths, 1,250 injuries, and $540 million in direct property damage. The Berkeley Fire Department advises you to protect yourself, your family and your home by following these heater safety tips:

Heater Safety

Floor furnaces

Floor furnaces can be extremely dangerous. Nothing should be placed or stored on top of a heater, including furniture. Never use heaters to dry clothing or other combustibles. Be sure that all combustibles are kept away from the heating grate. Teach children to stay away from radiators and heaters, and not to play with or drop anything into them.

For more information, please contact Berkeley’s Fire Prevention Division via Email or telephone at 981-5585.