People often use space heaters in place of or addition to their homes main heater. Sometimes this is to save money, while other times it’s to make up for where the main heater might not be heating as well. Either way, they are a popular and convenient way to heat a space.
However, these space heaters do come with a risk of causing fires. In fact, a study released by the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) revealed that 32% of home fires were caused by space heaters. What was more shocking was that they were involved in 79% of home heating fire deaths.
While these space heaters might be convenient, it’s important to use extreme caution when using them. Here are some tips to help you be more safe when using space heaters.
Three Feet of Space
If you are using a space heater, don’t put anything within three feet of it. This is especially true if you are near flammable objects, such as a couch or a bed. While you might want the heat source to be closer to you if you are on a couch or in bed, the risk of fire is too great.
Turn Off Heater
Whenever you leave the home, be sure to turn the space heater off. Not only will this reduce the risk of fire, it will save you money as well.
Make Heater Stable
Be sure the heater is on a flat, stable surface. If it is leaning or not stable in any way, you run the risk of it falling over. Doing this will also reduce the risk of it being knocked over by a person or pet.
Inspect for Damages
If any part of the power cord or plug is cracking, loose or visibly damaged, do not use the space heater. Get it fixed or purchase a new one.
Space heaters can create serious house fires that can be deadly. Follow these steps to keep you and your family safer when using a space heater.
If you or someone you know has been injured because of a house fire, feel free to contact us at 949-496-7000. The first call is always free and we can help you determine what your options are.