Be Careful With Your Space Heater

Be Careful With Your Space Heater

The US National Fire Protection Association says about half of home heating fire deaths are caused by having heating equipment too close to things that can burn, such as upholstered furniture, clothing, mattresses or bedding.  That’s why heaters should be kept at least 3 feet away from anything that can burn.  “Space heaters really do need space,” said Alexander Hoehn-Saric, chair of the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission.  Safety officials recommend placing heaters on a solid, flat surface away from children, foot traffic or exits, plugged directly into the wall outlet. Never use an extension cord, the National Fire Protection Association says.  “If it’s plugged into an extension cord that’s not designed for the load that a space heater draws, in terms of energy, it can overheat, potentially, and spark a file,” Hoehn-Saric said.

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