Huntersville Fire Department
 

PORTABLE HEATER FIRE SAFETY TIPS

     

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.



Portable Heater Fire Facts


  • 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.
Portable Heater Safety


  • Turn heaters off when you go to bed or leave the room.
  • 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 children.
  • 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.
For more information on Heating Fire Safety – please visit:


http://www.usfa.fema.gov/citizens/home_fire_prev/heating/