Space Heater Safety Tips
Space heaters can be fire hazards
Space heater safety needs to be at the top of everyone’s minds. Each winter, we see the horrible headlines of families displaced due to a fire. They can be so easily prevented. Space heaters are often used during the coldest days of the year, to provide that extra burst of heat. Sometimes, they are used to help with the cost of heating in between oil fills. According to the National Fire Protection Agency [NFPA], space heaters are the leading cause for house fires.
“‘Half of fatal home space heater fires started because something was too close to the heater and ignited. Keep heaters and things that can burn at least three feet apart,’ said Lorraine Carli, NFPA’s vice president of communications. ‘Heating fires and the deaths they cause can usually be prevented with awareness and a few simple actions.’
The leading factor contributing to space heater fires in general was heating equipment too close to things that can burn, such as upholstered furniture, clothing, mattress, or bedding. Other leading factors contributing to home space heater fires were failure to clean, which is principally related to creosote build-up in chimneys, and leaving an operating space heater unattended.
‘Whether your chimney supports a wood or coal stove or just a fireplace, be sure to have it cleaned and inspected at least once a year to reduce your risk of having a fire,’ added Carli. ‘And always turn off a portable space heater when you go to sleep or leave the room.’”
Additional space heater safety tips
The Electrical Safety Foundation International also offers the following tips for electrical space heater safety:
- Plug space heaters directly into a wall outlet. Do not use an extension cord or power strip, which could overheat and result in a fire. Do not plug any other electrical devices into the same outlet as the heater.
- Place heaters on level, flat surfaces.
- Always unplug the space heater when its not in use.
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