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Electric Space Heaters
Facts, Figures & General Information
As days grow shorter and outside temperatures fall lower, many of us turn to fireplaces, woodstoves and other alternative heating methods to help keep our homes warm when the weather turns cold, icy and snowy. However, as we turn to these alternative heating methods, we increase our risk of fire: half of all home heating fires occur in December, January and February. In fact, in 2009, an estimated 58,900 reported home structure fires involved heating equipment and resulted in:
  • 480 civilian deaths,
  • 1520 civilian injuries and
  • $1.1 billion in direct property damage
 
Safety Tips (a partial list)
To help remind us of the dangers of home heating fires, the United States Fire Administration (USFA) and the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), have combined efforts to bring us these safety tips:
  • Electric space heaters should have the label of a recognized testing laboratory.
  • Place them on a solid, flat surface, away from high traffic areas and doorways.
  • Turn them off when you go to bed or leave the room.
  • Use and purchase heaters with an automatic shut off so they shut off if they’re tipped over.
  • Plug power cords directly into outlets and never into an extension cord.
  • Inspect for cracked or damaged, broken plugs or loose connections; replace before using.
  • Test smoke alarms monthly.
  • Download Sparky’s Home Heating Safety Checklist and hang it on your refrigerator to remind every member of your family to stay safe and warm this (and every!) winter.
Get Ahead of the Winter Freeze
NFPA Get Ahead
of the Winter
Freeze Tips
   
For more safety tips and other information about this topic and many others, visit the National Fire Protection Association.

Sources:
NFPA's report, “Home Fires Involving Heating Equipment" (PDF, 723 KB), by John R. Hall, Jr., November 2011
USFA’s, “Put a Freeze on Winter Fires

NFPA does not test, label or approve any products.


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