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Can A Hot Water Heater Cause A Fire?

i live in a two bedroom loft that also has an extra storage unit upstairs where the hot water heater is stored. in recent months we have packed stuff in there to the point where you have to wiggle your way to adjust anything on the water heater. so my question is, with having that much stuff (boxes and such) next the hot water heater, could it be considered a fire hazard?

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  1. Comment by fireman4
    September 2, 2009 @ 9:57 pm

    No problem if the water heater is electric, however if it is gas, YES it is a very big fire hazard.
    I have had to fight house fires because of stuff too close to a gas water heater!

  2. Comment by nita
    September 3, 2009 @ 4:26 am

    You should never keep stuff around a water heater…electric or gas. What you have done is create fuel for a fire if one were to ignite. If you choose to still store things near the water heater, I would at least do two things. I would make sure it is accessible and has a clearance of approx. 4-5 feet and I would make sure there is a smoke detector right out side the door. Also keep the door closed to the area in case of a fire so it will be better contained.

  3. Comment by Jeffrey F
    September 3, 2009 @ 8:00 am

    I would suggest leaving 3 ft perimeter around your water heater if it is electric. If it is gas fired, leave a 6 ft perimeter
    You can have a situation which may make a fire more likely…….
    Also, a water heater may leak when the tank fails and all your belongings will become waterlogged.

  4. Comment by rgsgww10
    September 3, 2009 @ 10:38 am

    Yes it can, there is a strict rule to putting gasoline next to it. Even boxes are dangerous. If the water heater failed and lets say caught fire, then it would have an accelerant. Even firefighters say thats a fire hazard. Id keep at least 3 feet of clearance around it. Or 6 feet when its a gas or propane fired.

  5. Comment by loverboy
    September 3, 2009 @ 12:18 pm

    yes it can. its a good idea to keep about a foot away from the heater

  6. Comment by patsfan
    December 19, 2010 @ 8:56 pm

    Just 2 days ago our electric hot water heater caught on fire. We are just grateful we were home and able to put it out with a fire extinguisher. It was burning from the top control panel. If we had stored anything around it could have easily caught fire and been a much worse situation.

  7. Comment by Caitlin
    October 21, 2011 @ 3:41 pm

    Yes, Our electric one caught on fire..seems to happen a bit.

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