When the colder months creep in, central heaters are turned on or space heaters are used. Unfortunately, if you don’t take the necessary precautions, attempting to warm your house might cause a fire. Half of the home heating fires in the United States occur in the months of December, January and February.
In 2010, only 32 percent of home fires are caused by a space heater, but 79 percent of those fires were fatal. Make sure to follow all the instructions for your space heater; each space heater is different and it’s important to be cautious.
Space Heater Do’s & Don’ts:
- 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.