During the winter months, people are more apt to quickly turn on Space heaters to help provide welcome warmth in chilly rooms. However, this warmth comes with a big CAUTION! Each year space heaters cause more than 25,000 residential fires and send 6,000 people to the ER for treatment of burns (U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission). There are several ways you can stay safe by using these recommendations:
- Give the heater plenty of space by not placing combustible items within 3 feet of the heater. This is the leading cause of space heater fires.
- Use wall plug-ins as opposed to using extension cords or multi-outlet strips.
- Purchase a heater that has all the latest safety features and the Underwriter's Laboratory (UL) label of approval. Automatic shutoff features that turn the unit off if it's tipped over or overheating is a must, especially if you have kids or pets!
- Always turn off a space heater when you leave the room and before going to bed.
- Lastly, be sure you have a smoke alarm in every room in which you plan to run a space heater. A carbon monoxide detector should be used if you're operating a gas space heater.
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