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107 Heater-Linked Deaths Reported in Japan over 5 Years

107 Heater-Linked Deaths Reported in Japan over 5 Years

   Tokyo, Dec. 3 (Jiji Press)--The death toll from fires and carbon monoxide poisoning caused by heating appliances came to 107 in Japan over the five years through March 2018, according to a survey by an independent administrative agency.
   The number of such heater-related accidents totaled 1,064 in the reporting period, the survey by the National Institute of Technology and Evaluation showed.
   In a recent case, seven people died in a house fire in Fukushima Prefecture, northeastern Japan, on Nov. 21. Police suspect that heating equipment was the source of the fire.
   With such accidents usually peaking during the year-end and New Year period, the institute is calling for avoiding putting laundry around heating appliances.
   According to the institute, the number of heater-related accidents stood at 265 in fiscal 2013, which ended in March 2014, and declined for three following years before bouncing back to 196 in fiscal 2017.

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