Here are some important safety tips – specifically involving
Portable Heaters, also known as ‘Space Heaters’. According to the National Fire
Protection Association (NFPA) - Portable Heater fires PEAK in the month of
January. With January fast approaching we wanted to share the following
information with you.
An estimated 900 portable heater fires in
residential buildings are reported each year, causing an estimated 70 deaths,
150 injuries and $53mil in property losses.
52% of portable heater fires in residential
buildings occurred because the heat source was too close to combustibles.
38% of portable heater fires in residential
buildings originated in bedrooms. In these fires, bedding, such as blankets,
sheets and comforters, was the leading item ignited.
Many of the fires caused by portable heaters
were preventable and are caused by human error.
Turn heaters off when you go to bed or leave the
Portable heaters must be kept at least 3 feet
(36 inches) from all combustible material. (file cabinets, desks, bedding,
curtains, towels, paper, cardboard boxes, trash cans etc)
Do not use heaters in areas frequently by small
Keep heaters away from exit ways, walkways and
paths of travel.
Only purchase and use portable heaters from a
recognized testing laboratory with an automatic shut-off so that if they’re
tipped over they will shut off.
Plug portable heaters directly into outlets and
never into an extension cord or power strip.
Inspect heaters for cracked or damaged cords,
broken plug or loose connections. Replace before using the heater.
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