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CPSC Heating Equipment Estimates 2010-2012

The following statistics are excerpted from the 2010-2012 Residential Fire Loss Estimates released by the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (USCPSC). These are the latest statistics available as of April 22, 2015. (The full report is available from the USCPSC as a .pdf on the CPSC website.)

Estimated Residential Structure Fires

Equipment

2005

2006

2007

2008

 2009

2010 

2011 

2012

 2013

2011-2013 Avg

Total Residential

375,100

390,900

389,200

378,800

 357,000

364,300 

365,500 

351,400

 359,400

 358,800

Total Heating Equipment

56,100

55,500

57,700

56,300

 50,600

48,600 

45,400 

41,800

 44,900

 44,100

Local Fixed Heater

5,000

4,400

4,500

4,900

 3,900

4,000 

 3,900

3,700 

 4,200

 4,000

Portable Heater

1,500

1,400

1,900

1,900

 1,500

 1,600

1,400 

1,100 

 1,400

1.300

Fireplace, Chimney, Chimney Connector

24,500

26,400

27,000

27,200

 26,000

24,000

22,500

21,200

 23,100

 22,300

Central Heating

1,200

1,000

1,100

1,200

 900

1,000 

900 

600 

 800

 800

Water Heater

2,600

2,500

2,700

2,300

 1,700

1,800 

1,900 

1,500 

 1,500

 1,600

Air Conditioning

1,100

1,200

1,300

1,000

 900

1,100 

1,100 

1,200 

 1,000

 1,100

Other

20,300

18,700

19,100

17,800

 16,200

15,600 

14,500 

13,300 

 13,600

 13,800

Source: US Consumer Product Safety Commission/EPHA, from data obtained from the US Fire Administration and NFPA. Note: Fire estimates are rounded to the nearest 100. Selected categories presented; subtotals do not necessarily add to heading totals. Estimates exclude losses from fires identifiable as intentionally set.

Estimated Residential Structure Fire Deaths

Equipment

2004

2006

2007

2008

2009

2010 

2011

 2012

 2013 

2011-2013 Avg. 

 

 

Total Residential1

2,850

2,280

2,490

2,390

 2,210

2,330

2,240 

1,960

 2,290

 2,160

Total Heating Equipment

290

200

230

220

 210

200

 160

210 

 180

 180

Local Fixed Heater

90

80

100

60

 50

 40

 60

 80

 70

70

Portable Heater

130

50

70

100

 90

 10

 40

 70

 80

60

Fireplace, Chimney, Chimney Connector

20

*

20

10

 10

 10

 30

 20

 10

20

Central Heating

10

20

*

*

 30

 10

 30

 20

 *

 10

Water Heater

10

20

10

10

 *

 30

 *

*

 *

*

Air Conditioning

*

*

*

*

 *

 10

 *

 10

 10

 10

Other

30

30

20

30

 20

 *

 10

 20

20 

 20

Source: US Consumer Product Safety Commission/EPHA, from data obtained from the US Fire Administration and NFPA. Note: Death estimates are rounded to the nearest 10. Estimates less than 10 are denoted by an asterisk(*). Selected categories presented; subtotals do not necessarily add to heating totals. Estimate exclude losses from fires idetifiable as intentionally set.

 

Estimated Residential Structure Fire Property Loss (In Millions)

Equipment

2005

2006

2007

2008

 2009

2010 

2011 

2012

 2013 

2011-2013 Avg. 

 

Total Residential1

$6,215.6

$6,303.3

$6,771.5

$7,692.0

 $6,958.7

 $6,627.6

 $6,457.1

 $6,380.7

 $6,218.3

 $6,352.0

Total Heating Equipment

$558.3

$586.5

       $548.9

$649.0

 $505.5

 $579.7

 $466.5

 $425.2

$496.6 

 $462.8

Local Fixed Heater

$131

$147.6

$125.9

$148.3

 $149.2

 $109.3

$106.8

 $100.4

$128 

$111.7

Portable Heater

$75.9

$67.6

$87.6

$87.4

 $62.7

 $85.6

 $44.7

 $52.1

$65.8 

$54.2

Fireplace, Chimney, Chimney Connector1

$115.2

$126.6

$110.3

$147.6

 $29.1

 $28.3

 $35.0

 $93.6

$109.1 

 $96.9

Central Heating

$29.9

$26.5

$24.9

$37.9

 $106.3

 $153.6

 $87.9

$19.2

$32.4 

$28.8

Water Heater

$65.4

$77.8

$51.3

$62.3

 $43.2

 $37.8

 $53.1

 $31.4

$35.3 

 $39.9

Air Conditioning

$28.8

$27.0

$30.9

$24.4

 $14.9

 $30.2

 $27.7

 $32.9

$26.2 

 $28.9

Other1

$112

$113.3

$118.0

$141.3

 $109.1

 $158.6

 $126.9 

 $116.2

$116.4 

 $119.8



















Source: US Consumer Product Safety Commission/EPHA, from data obtained from the US Fire Administration and NFPA. Note: Property loss estimates are rounded to the nearest tenth of a million dollars. Selected categories presented; subtotals do not necessarily add to heading totals. Estimate exclude losses from fires idetifiable as intentionally set.

1= There are confinded fire property loss estimates included in Total Residential, Total Heating and Cooling Equipment, Fireplace, Chimney, Chimney Connector, Other, and Total Cooking Equipment categories.



CPSC Estimated Non-Fire Carbon Monoxide Poisoning Deaths by Associated Fuel-Burning Consumer Product 2002-2012
The following information is excerpted from the Non-Fire Carbon Monoxide Deaths Associated with the Use of Consumer Products 2012 Annual Estimates, released by the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, Washington, D.C., January 2016. (The full report is available as a .pdf  from the USCPSC or on its website.)

"Of the estimated 138 CO poisoning deaths associated with a consumer product that occurred between January 2012 and December 2012, Heating Systems were associated with 48 deaths (35% of the total consumer product estimate). Of the 48 estimated deaths associated with heating systems, the majority (83% or 40 fatalities) involved gas heating systems. Natural gas heating systems were associated with an estimated 16 deaths (33% of all heating system-related deaths). LP gas5 heating was associated with an estimated 19 deaths (40% of heating systemrelated deaths); and unspecified gas heating was associated with an estimated 5 deaths (10% of heating system-related deaths). There was also an estimated one death (2% of heating systemrelated deaths) associated with a kerosene-burning heater. In 2012, there were no reported coal-, oil-, wood-, or diesel-fueled heating system fatalities. Additionally, in 2012, there were an estimated six CO deaths (13% of heating system-related deaths) associated with heating systems with unspecified fuel sources. Note that the estimates for individual categories may not sum to that of the broader category due to rounding effects."

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