Space heaters can be a real safety hazard. According to the National Fire Protection Association, supplemental heating equipment, such as space heaters, is the leading cause of home fires from December through February and the second leading cause of home fires year-round. If you plan to use a space heater for some additional warmth this winter, keep the following safety precautions in mind.
- Do not use space heaters o warm bedding, thaw pipes or dry clothing. Misusing a space heather can increase fire and burn risks, and put you and your family in danger.
- Keep any items that could potentially be a source of fire at least 3 feet away from a space heater. This includes clothing, drapes and bedding.
- Avoid placing space heaters in high-traffic areas of your home or office. Units with long cords can present tripping hazard.
- Turn off space and unplug space heaters when you leave the room or go to sleep.
- Supervise children and pets around space heaters to prevent burns.
- Avoid using extension cords with space heathers. If you must do so, make sure that the cord is the right gauge size and type for the heater.
- Check for frayed insulation, broken wires and overheating on electrical space heaters. If you notice any of these problems, have the unite services immediately.
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