Space Heater Safety
During the cold winter months, many people turn to space heaters to keep them toasty warm. Small, portable electric heaters can be very helpful since you can always store them during the summer months, rather than let them take up much-needed space. The National Fire Protection Association states that space heaters are the leading contributors to house fires in December, January, and February, and are second only to cooking fires during the rest of the year.
In 2006 alone, heaters caused an estimated 540 deaths, 1,400 injuries, and $943 in property damage. Thus, you can see how space heater safety is vital. There are several different things that you can do to protect yourself from space heater dangers, including:
- Keep flammables at least three feet away from the heater.
- Look for a laboratory-tested product.
- Use a space heater with a grill guard to help prevent it from burning people and things.
- Do not use the space heater as a rack to dry clothes or other wet materials.
- Don’t leave space heaters alone while they are on; turn them off when you go to bed.
- Use proper wiring, such as a heavy-duty extension cord, and do not run the cords under rugs or other flammable materials.
The cold can provide a wonderful opportunity for you and your loved ones to remain cozy inside, or play outside in the snow and cooler air. However, if you decide to use a space heater to warm up your house or thaw out your cold hands after playing outside, be sure to follow safety protocol to keep yourself and your loved ones safe.
Sadly, though, even the most cautious person can suffer from burns and property damage should a space heater malfunction. If you or someone you know experienced injury or property damage due to a faulty machine, you should speak to a product liability lawyer immediately. For more information regarding product liability as well as other personal injury topics, contact a Wisconsin personal injury attorney at the firm of Habush Habush & Rottier S.C. ® today at 800-242-2874.