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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
- Do operate your space heater according to manufacturer’s instructions
- Don’t place your heater near kids and pets
- Do keep your space heater away from furnishings, drapery, curtains, bed linen and blankets, clothes and paper
- Don’t use a space heater that is damaged in any way
- Do plug your space heater securely into the electrical outlet
- Don’t overload the space heater plug
- Do position your space heater onto a steady, even surface
- 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.