Space Heater Safety Tips - Personal Injury Legal Blogs Posted by Michael John Tario - Lawyers.com

The cold weather is here so people are
thinking about heating their homes and the bill that comes along with keeping
the cold at bay. Many people turn to space heaters as an alternative to residential
furnaces as they are an effective way to warm a room and they are surprisingly
energy efficient. Other advantages to space heaters include their ability to
heat a space as large as 300 square feet both rapidly and evenly.

Space
Heater Accidents

Between 2005 and 2007 space heaters
were the direct cause of about 3,800 house fires
a year
. These house fires were responsible for 115 deaths and 250 injuries.
Space heaters are responsible for 82 percent of deaths in house fires caused by
heating devices. Children under the age of five and the elderly over the age of
65 are the most common victims of space heater accidents. Homes in the south
have a higher rate of space heater accidents because so many people can’t
afford to heat their homes and because there isn’t as much demand for furnace
heat due to a warmer climate.

Home heating equipment is the
second leading cause of home fires behind cooking equipment although the fires
are more common in the winter when cold temperatures emerge. The good news is
that fires and deaths caused by home heating equipment are on the decline. In
fact, fires caused by home heaters in 2008 were down by 72 percent from 1980.
New technology has helped to decrease the safety risks in home heaters. A
modern space heater comes with a circuit breaker and automatic shutoffs when it
is toppled or clogged or when it overheats. Still, we should follow portable
heater safety tips to avoid fires in our home.

Portable Heating Safety Tips

??? Keep flammable
items at least three feet away from the heating device.

??? Teach your
children about the heat that heaters put out and have a three-foot
"kid-free zone" around your space heaters.

??? Have a
qualified professional check and clean your heating equipment and chimneys each
year before use.

??? Do not leave
portable heaters running when leaving the room or going to bed.

??? If you are
using a fuel-burning space heater, only use the type of fuel recommended by the
manufacturer

??? Test smoke
alarms on a regular basis.

?? Store fuel containers,
piping, and regulators upright in a safe and dry area where they will not be
damaged; preferably outdoors.

?? Protect
valves from physical damage.

When used correctly, space heaters are a safe,
cost-efficient, and effective way to heat rooms within your home. Be sure to
follow safety tips to avoid a space heater accident.

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The cold weather is here so people are
thinking about heating their homes and the bill that comes along with keeping
the cold at bay. Many people turn to space heaters as an alternative to residential
furnaces as they are an effective way to warm a room and they are surprisingly
energy efficient. Other advantages to space heaters include their ability to
heat a space as large as 300 square feet both rapidly and evenly.

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