Space heaters, if used safely, can add an extra level of comfort to the frozen winter months. If not used safely however, they can be one of the most dangerous items in your house. Each year space heaters cause over 15,000 house fires, usually because a heater was placed too close to flammable objects such as furniture and bedding. 80% of all deaths due to home heating issues can be attributed to space heaters. To keep yourself and your family safe during the coldest parts of the winter when you may need to use a space heater, follow these important rules:
Don’t be a statistic. 50% of all home-heating related fires happen during December, January and February—and one-third are directly caused by space heaters. Space heaters come in many different styles and sizes. Choose the right heater for your space, use a few simple safety precautions, and a heater can be a warm addition to your winter home.