Although space heaters are a convenient, inexpensive way to heat your home in the winter months when temperatures plummet, there are some important safety facts you should know before using one in your home.
The Consumer Safety Commission reported that in 2012, 25,000 fires were caused by space heaters, with more than 1/2 of these fires resulting in serious injury or death!
There are a few rules that when followed can prevent such horrible tragedies;
Only purchase newer model heaters that have all of the current safety features.
Make sure the heater carries the Underwriter's Laboratory (UL) label.
Choose a thermostatically controlled heater, because they avoid the energy waste
of overheating a room.
Select a heater the proper size for the room. Do no purchase over-sized heaters.
Locate the heater on a level surface away from foot traffic.
Keep children and pets away from the heater.
Electric heaters should be plugged directly into the wall outlet. Always check
and follow any manufacturers instructions pertaining to the use of extension cords.
Buy a unit with a tip-over safety switch, which automatically shuts off the heater
if the unit is tipped over.
NEVER place the space heater too close to bedding, clothing or furniture
ALWAYS turn off the heater when you are not home & don't leave the heater
unattended for long periods of time.
For liquid fueled heaters use only the approved fuel. NEVER use gasoline!
Have vented space heaters professionally installed and inspected EVERY year.
Went possible purchase heaters that don't glow they tend to run hotter and can
ignite more easily.
With care and education you can use space heaters to keep you comfortable,
without risking the health and safety of your family.