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.
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