Space heaters are used often during the winter. They can be a great way to heat a small portion of a home instead of turning on the central air. They can also be a good way to add warmth to a room that is cooler than the rest of the home. However, space heaters can also be dangerous and deadly.
In a report by the National Fire Protection Association, space heaters, whether portable or stationary, accounted for one-third (33%) of home heating fires and four out of five (81%) of home heating fire deaths.
Here are some tips to reduce the risk of fire from a space heater.
Place on Stable Surface
Wherever you put the space heater, be sure it’s on a stable surface. If it’s rocking, tipping or tilting in any way, adjust it until it is stable and not easily able to fall over or be knocked over.
Keep Objects at Least 36 Inches Away
The recommended minimum distance from objects, especially flammable objects, is 36 inches. Fires commonly occur in bedrooms when a space heater catches the linens on fire. They are also common in rooms with couches and upholstered chairs. People often use space heaters in these areas because it’s where they spend a lot of time.
Turn Off When You Leave or Go to Sleep
If you leave your house, be sure to turn the space heater off. Even if you leave a room, you should turn it off. Also, many heaters have timers, but if not, be sure the space heater is turned off if you are going to sleep. Fires can start quickly and if you are in a different part of your home or are asleep, you might not notice that a fire is starting. Additionally, this will help you save money because you will be using less energy while you are not in the room or home or are sleeping.
Replace Damaged Space Heaters
If your space heater is damaged in any way, especially if it’s related to the electrical cord or connection, get rid of it and buy a new one. The risk of fire is too great if it’s damaged. It’s well worth your money to purchase a new one. Additionally, newer space heaters can be safer and more energy efficient.
If you have been injured as a result of a space heater or a fire caused by a space heater, we can help. We offer a free consultation to help you determine what options you have and how you might be able to be compensated for your injuries. Please contact us or call us at 800-676-5295.