The number of house fires dramatically raises during the winter months because heating equipment is the 2nd leading cause of house fires in the Country. Most people might think that this statistic is due to the use of fireplaces in homes, and if you don’t have a fireplace then you’re safe – right? Wrong. Electrical heating equipment can be just as dangerous as fireplaces.
The result of house fires is great, including millions of dollars in property damage. Portable space heaters are a widely used method of heating during the winter months, and if not used safely, they can lead to serious injury and house fire.
Here are some tips that you and your family can follow to safely use your space heaters:
- Make sure that you purchase your space heaters new from a reputable home improvement store. When you take your space heater out of the package, it should have a label on it reporting the testing laboratory (usually Underwriters Laboratory indicated with a large UL). Read all of the instructions and warnings before you use your space heater.
- Inspect your heater to make sure the plug isn’t loose or broken, the housing is intact, and the elements inside do not look broken or bent in any way. Even if you purchase it brand new, there is always a chance of damage during shipping or stocking the heater. Purchasing it at a reputable home improvement store means that you can return it for a refund or, exchange it for one that is not damaged.
- Do not leave your space heater on and unattended. If you are using space heaters for ‘zone heating’, make sure that someone will be in the room that you are warming up before you turn the heater on. It is essential to be able to address any safety concerns immediately to mitigate damages but, if you are not in the same room with the heater, the damage could go on for quite some time before you even know about it.
Keep your home and your family safe when using space heaters by following these tips. Space heaters are a great way to keep a home warm and cozy during the cold winter months but, they must be used safely and with caution.