Safety Tips On Space Heaters In Your Home

For spot and room heating, homeowners often turn to portable space heaters.  Often, it’s cheaper and faster to heat a small space with a heater than it is to raise the entire home’s temperature by a few degrees.

But space heaters can be dangerous.

According to the National Fire Protection Association, space heaters were responsible for a large percentage of overall fire-related damages in 2006, including:

43% of home heating-related injuries

51% of home heating-related property damage

73% of home heating-related civilian deaths

    Clearly, as compared to central heating systems and fireplaces, electric space heaters cause a disproportionate amount of in-home damage.  This is why it’s important to be safe when using them.

    So, here’s some basic space heater tips to follow at home:

    1. Never place anything flammable within three feet away of a space heater

    2. Never use an extension cord on a space heater

    3. Turn space heaters off when leaving a room or going to bed

      Furthermore, make sure your space heater bears the label of a recognized testing laboratory such as Underwriters Laboratory.

      Remember to test your smoke detectors monthly.

      Heating Safety Tips
      National Fire Protection Agency

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