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New Fairfield Fire Marshal offers reminder of space heater safety

The New Fairfield's Fire Marshal's Office is offering some reminders as the cold temperatures hang around, and in light of a fatal fire in the Bronx caused by a space heater.  The Fire Marshal says users should know the distances to combustibles required by the manufacture.  81-percent of home heating fire deaths involved stationary or portable space heaters between 2014 and 2018.  During that time, the leading factor contributing to home heating fires was failure to clean, principally from solid-fueled heating equipment, primarily chimneys.  Half of home heating fire deaths were caused by having heating equipment too close to things that can burn, such as upholstered furniture, clothing, mattresses, or bedding.