As the snow continues to fall and the cold temperatures set in, you may find your home needing a little extra heat. A lot of people turn to space heaters to make their home just a little more cozy in the cold winter months. While this may seem like a simple solution to a problem, there may be some downsides to this quick fix. Did you know that heating equipment is a leading cause of house fires in the United States?  The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) cited, “Space heaters are the type of heating equipment most often involved in home heating fires, figuring in two of every five of these fires and accounting for 84% of associated civilian deaths, 75% of civilian injuries, and 52% of direct property damage.”

Home Structure Fires Involving Heating Equipment by Type of Equipment, 2009-2013 Annual Averages (NFPA) - 1

1o Space Heater Safety Tips

  1. Purchase a space heater that has a guard around the heating component.
  2. Select a space heater that is the correct size for the area you intend to heat.
  3. Ensure the space heater you choose has been tested and certified by a nationally recognized testing laboratory.
  4. Teach everyone in your home how to properly use the space heater.
  5. Inspect the space heater for cracked or broken plugs, frayed wiring, and loose connections prior to use.
  6. Keep the space heater on a surface that is hard, level and nonflammable.
  7. Plug in the space heater directly into a suitable outlet.  Don’t use an extension cord or power strip.  Additionally, do not plug any other electrical devices into the same outlet as the heater.
  8. Do not keep anything that can burn, including but not limited to clothing, bedding, rugs, paper, and upholstered furniture, within a three-foot radius around the space heater.  You should also maintain a three-foot “kid-free and pet-free zone” around the space heater.
  9. Turn the space heater off when leaving the room or going to sleep and safely store it.
  10. Install smoke alarms throughout your house and be sure to test them at least once a month.

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