Follow these tips to make sure you’re operating space heaters safely.
Space Heater Accidents
According to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), “space heater fires account for 43 percent of U.S. home heating fires and 85 percent of associated deaths.” The Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) has estimated that more than 25,000 home fires are caused by space heaters, while more than 6,000 Americans are treated for burn injuries from space heaters annually. Nationwide Insurance estimates that space heaters are the cause of 360 deaths and 1,020 injuries and can cost $559 million in property damage annually.
Space Heater Safety Tips
Knowing how to operate your space heater safely can help you avoid a costly or fatal mistake.
Follow the 3 Feet Rule
Keep a minimum of 3 feet of space between the space heater and any flammable objects such as clothing, bedding, curtains, and furniture.
Don’t Leave It On
You should never operate a space heater unsupervised, and that goes double when you’re going to sleep. Turn off a space heater when you leave the room or if you’re going to bed.
Keep Kids Away
Young children and pets should be taught to keep their distance from the heater to prevent burns.
Don’t Use an Extension Cord
Always plug your space heater directly into the outlet. Using an extension cord could lead to an electrical fire.
One and Done
Don’t plug anything else into the same outlet as your space heater to prevent overloading the circuit.
Space heaters are a great way to heat an outdoor room such as a garage or outdoor shed, but indoors they pose some serious hazards. Using the heat from a central air system or heat pump is the best way to heat your entire home through the winter. Contact our team at (503) 683-7077 to schedule your furnace tune-up or repairs today!