Space Heaters and Portable Electric Heaters:How To Reduce Fire Hazards
Space heaters and portable electric heaters are what many people used in their homes and offices to stay warm. However many of these home electric heaters are often labeled as unsafe to use and can become fire hazards if owners ignore basic fire safety precautions.
Many people turn to space heaters or portable electric heaters to stay warm in their homes and offices. Unfortunately, many of these small heaters are unsafe and may cause significant burn injuries or may even pose a fire hazard. In some cases, a fire may be caused by unsafe operation of the space heater, but in many cases, the fire or burn is caused by a defective or dangerous product.
Space heaters have long been considered a risky way to stay warm. Although improvements have been made, and many newer heaters remain cool to the touch, they may still be a burn or fire hazard. The United States Fire Administration (USFA) reports that an estimated 900 portable heater fires occur each year in the United States. The USFA says that, while portable heater fires account for only two percent of residential fires, they are responsible for fully twenty-five percent of fatal residential fires.
With so many accidental fires caused by space heaters and portable electric heaters, the CPSC has recommended the following ways to reduce fire hazards associated with the use of portable heaters:
- Never operate a heater you suspect may be damaged.
- Visit the CPSC website to check for recall information before operating your heater.
- Never leave a heater unattended.
- Never operate a portable heater while sleeping.
- Keep flammable and combustible materia;--including paper, clothing, sheets and bedding, curtains, and sofas--at least three feet from the heater's front, rear, and sides.
- Be sure the heater's plug fits tightly and securely in the wall outlet.
- Do not use a heater with a power strip or an extension cord.
- Only use a heater on a flat, stable surface to reduce the risk of tipping over.
- When purchasing a heater, check for an OSHA safety certification mark.
- Keep electric heaters away from water, and never touch a heater when you are wet.
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Many of these suggestions given by CPSC are common sense but they are very important to know and go through the list. It is worthwhile to be a little careful when using any of these portable electric heaters in your home or office. So now is the time to remind yourself again the importance of fire safety when using any of your home electric heaters.