Space Heater Safety
The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission says space heaters lead to 25,000 residential fires and cause more than 300 deaths per year.
The leading cause of space heater fires is heating equipment placed too close to things that can burn. Things such as upholstered furniture, clothing, mattresses, curtains, bedding, paper, or flammable liquids. Here are some tips to help avoid the start of a fire from a space heater.
Plug the space heater directly into the wall and not into an extension cord.
Place the space heater in a clear area, not under a desk or near objects.
Place the unit on a flat surface, not on unstable or uneven surfaces.
Keep clear of pathways. Do not block exits or entryways.
Also, make sure to turn off and unplug the space heater when leaving your home.
With winter approaching these tips are vital to take into consideration when trying to heat your home.