Portable Electric Space Heaters-How Safe Are They Today
There is now a huge demand for alternative heating appliances like portable electric space heaters as more people look for cheaper heating costs. But it is important to exercise caution not to simply look for the cheapest heating alternative for your home. Well if you read the many newspaper reports on heating fires, property damages and deaths relating to electric home heating, it is important to learn how to use heating appliaces the proper way.
According to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), half of all home heating fires occur during the winter months. On average, NFPA research show that heating equipment is involved in more than 60,000 reported U.S. home structure fires per year, with associated loss of over 550 civilian deaths, more than 1,600 civilian injuries, and roughly $900 million in property damage.
“As a leading cause of home fires, heating safety is a concern for every community every winter,” said Chief David Soar. “This year, with the projected increase in use of alternative heating equipment, families need to be especially vigilant to use all heating appliances properly.”
The Weston Fire Department is encouraging residents using pellet stoves, wood stoves, space heaters or any other home heating equipment this winter to follow this advice:
· Space heaters need space. Keep all things that can burn, such as paper, bedding or furniture, at least 3 feet away from heating equipment.
· Turn portable heaters off when you go to bed or leave the room.
· Have your chimney inspected each year by a qualified professional and cleaned if necessary.
· Use a sturdy fireplace screen.
· Wood stoves should bear the label of a recognized testing laboratory.
· In wood stoves, burn only dry, seasoned wood. In pellet stoves, burn only dry, seasoned wood pellets.
· Allow ashes to cool before disposing. Dispose of ashes in a metal container.
· Install smoke alarms in every bedroom, outside each sleeping area and on every level of the home. For the best protection, interconnect all smoke alarms throughout the home – when one sounds, they all sound. Test smoke alarms at least once a month.
· When using a fuel-burning portable heater, always use the proper fuel as specified by the manufacturer. When refueling, allow the appliance to cool and refuel outside.
· Install and maintain a carbon monoxide alarm in a central location outside each sleeping area and on every level of the home.
· Never use an oven to heat your home.
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Accidental fires are caused by people's negligence and failure to follow simple safety measures when operating any electrical home appliances. So learn some of these quick tips to ensure that your home electric heaters function normally and safety.