Keep fire safety in mind when heating your home in the winter months. December, January, and February are the leading months for home heating fires. Overall, heating equipment is the second leading cause of home fires and home fire deaths in the United States. In 2013, heating equipment was involved in an estimated 53,600 reported U.S. home fires, with associated loses of 400 civilian deaths, 1,520 civilian injuries, and $893 million in direct property damage. These fires accounted for 14% of all reported home fires.