Every year there are tragic stories about home fires that result from improperly used electric heaters. It’s doubly tragic because these fires can be prevented. According to the National Fire Prevention Association, over 50% of all house fires and house fire deaths are caused by electric space heaters that are too close to things that can catch fire. Another cause of heater fires is failure to clean and maintain them. To safely enjoy the added warmth and convenience of a portable electric heater, follow these guidelines.
Keep Your Distance
Most electric heater fires begin because they’re placed too close to things like upholstered furniture, bedding, mattresses, etc. Before using a portable heater, read the manufacturer’s directions. Keep heaters at least three feet away from combustible items and never leave a heater unattended. When you go to bed at night, electric heaters need to be turned off.