Oil heat gives you one less thing to worry about: It doesn't explode before it can even burn, it must be turned into a fine particle mist and ignited. Also:
- According to a 1993 report by the National Fire Protection Association, oil heat equipment clearly causes the fewest fatalities among heating fuels.
- Oil poses one of the least risks of carbon monoxide poisoning to your family. A 1993 report by the Consumer Product Safety Commission found that gas units are associated with 82% of carbon monoxide deaths in the home. Oil units were involved in less than 1/10 of that.