With the drop in temperatures comes the possibility of an increase in fires for both homeowners and business owners alike. Space heaters are a popular and inexpensive heating option during the cold days of winter. However, they often times also play a role in fire losses during the cold dry days of winter too.
While space heater fires are not common, they could be fatal. Recently, a 62 year old woman was found dead, and the authorities attributed the cause of death to a fire that was started by a space heater.
If you’re going to use a space heater, make sure it is fully operational. Check the space heater for frayed wires before turning it on. Never overload a plug socket or use an extension cord for power. And most importantly, never use the portable heating device overnight or unattended.
Here are some other safety tips to consider when using a space heater:
– When buying a heater, look for one that has been tested and labeled by a nationally recognized testing company, such as, Underwriter’s Laboratories Inc. (UL).
– Keep the heater three feet away from drapes, furniture or other flammable materials. Place the heater on a level surface away from areas where someone might bump it and knock it over.
– Keep electric heaters away from water. Never use them near a sink or in the bathroom.
Additionally, circuit overloads have also proven to be common winter weather mishaps as homeowners increase their use of electricity, lights and heat during the holidays.
Our firm often times sees an increase in large residential and commercial fires during the winter months that could have easily been prevented.