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Safety Nugget Week of October 5 - Fire Prevention Week: Space Heaters< Back to Blog

Oct 07, 2015
By: L. Brown
Categories: Safety

I love Fall! Everything about the season is great. It’s a time for football, crock pot cooking and chilly weather. This time of year calls for the heater of a morning but the AC in the afternoon. If you use a space heater instead of changing the thermostat in the house, or possibly one in your garage or workshop,  please keep in mind the rules of safety.  The NFPA states that spaces heaters are the cause of approximately 1/3 of household fires.  Here are a few simple rules I found.

  • When shopping for an electric space heater, look for proof that the model you buy has been tested by Underwriters Laboratory (UL) or another reputable testing organization.
  • Turn off heaters when you leave the room or go to bed.
  • Place the heater on a flat, solid surface.
  • Keep everything that can burn, such as paper and bedding, at least 3 feet away from the heater.
  • Keep kids 3 feet away from space heaters.
  • Purchase portable space heaters with an automatic shut-off that activates when the heater tips over.
  • Do not use extension cords with space heaters. Plug the cords directly into outlets.
  • Do not use an electric space heater with a damaged cord or plugs.

So enjoy the weather and keep your family safe by having a working smoke alarm in every bedroom. For More information about fire safety visit The National Fire Protection Association.  

Reference:

NFPA - Heating

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