Why are Space Heaters so Dangerous?
When the cold winter weather hits, many people turn on space heaters. Generally speaking, space heaters are safe to use. Fires occur mostly when space heaters are used improperly. According to the National Fire Protection Association, space heaters account for 43% of home heating fires. Here are some tips to ensure you use your space heater properly:
Use an electric space heater. Iowa State University Department of Agricultural and Biosystems Engineering warns that space heaters that use kerosene, propane, and natural gas pose an additional risk of releasing carbon dioxide (CO2), carbon monoxide (CO), and nitrogen dioxide into the air if they aren't properly vented, which can lead to serious health problems and even death. Electric space heaters (when used properly) are always a safer device for indoor heating.
Plug your space heater directly into the wall outlet. Never plug your electric space heater into an extension cord or power strip. Space heaters are often the cause of electrical fires because they overload a circuit.
Move your space heater away from clutter. Always keep your space heater at least 3 feet away from any furniture or combustible items (including bedding and curtains). Remember to instruct children to remain 3 feet away from the heater too.
Turn your space heater off. Whenever you leave the room or go to sleep, it is important to turn your space heater off. Unplug the heater when it’s not in use by pulling the plug straight from the outlet. Check the cord for damage periodically, and don’t use it if it’s frayed or worn.
Space heaters are not dangerous if they are properly used. Keep these safety tips in mind to prevent fire in your property.