As the weather continues to cool down, many people use space heaters to stay warm during the winter. However, using a space heater increases the risk of a house fire, especially when safety precautions are not taken.
According to NFPA, space heaters are involved in 81% of fatal house fires caused by heating equipment. More than half of these incidents occur in the month of January!
Here are some tips to help prevent a house fire due to a space heater.
- Make sure the space heater you are using is safe to begin with. When purchasing a new space heater:
- Consider safety features like automatic shut off, overheat protection, and tip over protection.
- Make sure the particular model is listed with a nationally recognized testing laboratory.
- Space heaters are meant for temporary use, not as a permanent heating fixture or appliance. The single most effective action you can take is to turn it off when leaving the room or going to bed.
- Plug your heater directly into an outlet in the wall rather than using an extension cord or power bar.
- Keep a minimum of 3 feet clearance from the heater to any combustible material.
Following these tips will significantly lower your risk of a fire due to a space heater, but still, accidents can happen. Don’t forget to insure your property with a Sandbox insurance policy!