SPACE HEATER DO’S & DON’TS
When the colder months creep in, central heaters are turned on or space heaters are used. Winter weather is considered to start anytime the thermometers hit 50 degrees. If you don’t take the necessary precautions, attempting to warm your house might cause a fire. Nearly half of the home heating fires in the United States occur in the months of December, January and February.
Heating equipment fires accounted for 15% of all reported home fires in 2012-2016 and 19% of home fire deaths. Space heaters are the type of heating equipment involved in home heating fires, figuring in two of every five heating equipment fires.
Make sure to follow all the instructions for your space heater; each space heater is different and it’s important to be cautious.
- Read all the instructions BEFORE use
- Keep anything flammable at least three feet away from the space heater
- Get your HVAC system inspected annually
- Make sure there is a Smoke & Carbon Monoxide Detector in every room. Replace the batteries once a year.
- Maximize airflow and keep vents clean and clear
- Leave your space heater unattended
- Place space heaters on an uneven surface
- Use with an extension cord if avoidable
- Use a space heater if the cord or plug is damaged in any way
- Purchase a space heater without certification from a testing lab that is nationally recognized
Be prepared and have a smoke and carbon monoxide detector in every room of your house. Take the time to ensure that you are covered in the event of a home fire and store a copy of all your important documents in a fireproof safe.