According to the Consumer Product Safety Commission, portable space heaters cause an average of 1,700 residential fires every year, resulting in 80 deaths and 160 injuries. They’re most commonly caused by placing an electric heater too close to drapes, bedding, or upholstered furniture.
Beware of Using Electric Heaters
If you rely on a portable heater for extra warmth this winter, it’s critical to prioritize space heater safety. Tips for safe space heater usage are included here, as well as safety features to check for when purchasing a space heater.
During the months of December, January, and February, half of all home heating fires occur. The following safety advice comes from our specialists, as well as the experts at the Association of Home Appliance Manufacturers and the National Fire Protection Agency:
Helpful Tips for electric heater safety
Steve of JSC Enterprises a Heating and air repair contractor shares these heating safety tips.
- Place the heater on a nonflammable, hard, and level surface. These gadgets are meant to be placed on the floor rather than on a table.
- Create a 3-foot zone around the heater that is free of children and pets, and never use a space heater in a child’s room.
- Keep combustible things such as furniture, bedding, and drapes at least 3 feet away from the space heater. It’s possible that a taller heater may need to be placed even further away.
- In a workshop or garage, don’t use a heater near paint, gas cans, or matches.
- When you leave the room or go to bed, turn it off.
- When the heater is not in use, unplug it by drawing the plug straight out of the outlet. Periodically inspect the cord for damage, and do not use the heater if the chord is frayed or damaged.
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