Space Heater Safety (Part 1)

Posted on January 26, 2012. Filed under: Personal (Home & Auto) | Tags: , , , , , , , |

Electric space heaters are an inexpensive way to save on your heating bills during the cold, winter months. But, if not used correctly AND kept away from flammable objects, they have the potential to cause a fire and cause significant damage to your home or business.

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Some tips for staying safe:

  • Keep the heater a minimum of 30″ from any flammable objects. Examples include: wood, paper, rags, and combustible liquids.
  • Set up the heater on the floor, unless it is specifically designed for other locations.
  • Don’t set the heater on combustible surfaces, such as rugs or carpets.

Electric space heaters may seem safer than their propane and kerosene counterparts. But, even they can cause fires, burns and explosions. Remaining aware of hot surfaces and staying on the look out for defective wiring can help you avoid these dangers.

In Part 2, we will look at the dangers of, and maintenance recommendations, for gas and kerosene space heaters.

Adapted from a Risk Management Article provided by Travelers.

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