Space Heater Safety

November 13, 2013 at 2:50 PM | Posted in Safety Tips, Seasonal | Leave a comment
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More home fires are reported during the winter months as outdoor temperatures dip from bitter cold to freezing.  According to the National Fire Protection Association, heating equipment is one of the leading causes of home fires. When using space heaters, you can follow these safety tips to keep your home and family safe:

  • Space heaters should only be used as supplemental heat and never as a primary heat source
  • Avoid using an extension cord or power strip to plug in a space heater
  • Heaters should be placed on a flat, level surface
  • Never use the heaters in damp or wet areas, such as bathrooms
  • Keep space heaters at least 36 inches from any flammable materials
  • Look for a space heater that meets the specific safety standards certified by a nationally recognized testing laboratory
  • Look for a heater that has an automatic tip over, shut down feature
  • Never leave a heater unattended
  • Check the heater regularly for any defective or fraying wiring
  • Place heaters where children or pets do not have access to them
  • Always use the right fuel, specified by the manufacturer, for fuel burning space heaters
  • Mobile homes should only use vented fuel-fired or electric heaters

Click here for more space-heater/fire-safety information to help keep your family warm and safe this winter.


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