How safe is your Space Heater?

 A Portable space heater can be an economical way to heat a room, or supplement heat in a room without overheating the entire house. It’s very important to follow the manufacturer’s precautions when using their devices.

 Each year, 25,000 residential fires and more than 300 deaths are associated with the use of the small heaters. If planning to use a small heater, either electric or fuel burning this winter, an ounce of prevention can help you stay safe and warm.

Look for the UL, (Underwriters Laboratory) label before buying a portable heater. Read the information on the outside of the box. The UL label should be in a legible format. If the item has none, do not buy it. Don’t trust the clerk in the store if he says it is. Where did they purchase it from?

Follow the manaufacturer’s directions                                

Keep combustibles 3 feet from the heater

It’s best to put it on a tile surface if you have tile floors.

Remember that drapes upholstered furniture and bedding can ignite.

This is one of the main reasons we now have pajamas for kids that are required to be made so they don’t burst into flames.

Philip Crombie, fire chief of South Windsor, Conn says to place the heater on a TV stand or nightstand may get knocked over and cause a fire.

The leading cause of space heater fires is caused by putting them to close to combustibles.

·Turn it off

Turn your heater off when you leave the room or retire for the night.

Unplugging it is the best way to be safe, If using a fuel burning heater be sure your using only the manufacturer’s recommended fuel. If you need to refuel the heater shut it off and let it cool first to avoid a fire.

·Fuel burning space heater should be only used in an emergency

These heaters are more dangerous, because of their open flame, the risk of carbon monoxide poisoning and the risk of handling the fuel. If you must use this type of space heater, be sure to ventilate the room. Open one of your windows at the minimum of 1 inch opposite the windy side.

 Note:The busiest fire Station in the United States is Engine company #33 in L ancaster. California.

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