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How to Use a Space Heater Safely

A PRIME Insurance Special

Space heater usage is a convenient and effective method to warm any room in your home during winter’s chill. In spite of the appeal, using a space heater has its clear risks and fire insurance claim statistics point to marked danger: 32% of all home space heaters are the cause of fires and 82% are the cause of home fire fatalities.

So, how do you take advantage of the benefits while avoiding the disaster of a space heater accident?

8 Dos and Don’ts of Space Heater Usage


  1. Do operate your space heater according to manufacturer’s instructions

  2. Don’t  place your heater near kids and pets

  3. Do keep your space heater away from furnishings, drapery, curtains, bed linen and blankets, clothes and paper

  4. Don’t use a space heater that is damaged in any way

  5. Do plug your space heater securely into the electrical outlet

  6. Don’t overload the space heater plug

  7. Do position your space heater onto a steady, even surface

  8. Don’t leave your space heater on unattended

Keep warm and safe this winter!

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Summary:  Home insurance claims: 32% of all home space heaters are the cause of fires and 82% are the cause of home fire fatalities.


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