When there’s a particularly bitter chill in the air during winter months, homeowners sometimes turn to portable heaters to add some extra warmth to areas of their homes.
If you use a space heater, be vigilant about using them safely.
In 2010, heating equipment was involved in an estimated 57,100 reported home structure fires in the United States. These fires resulted in 490 deaths, 1,540 injuries and more than $1 billion in property damage. The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission estimates that more than 25,000 residential fires are associated with space heaters. It is also estimated that 6,000 people receive care in hospital emergency rooms for burn injuries associated with space heaters.
In some cases, small space heaters can be less expensive to use if you want to supplement your furnace in specific areas of your home. Space heaters generally have a capacity range between 10,000 Btu and 40,000 Btu per hour. They are commonly run with electricity, propane or natural gas.
Follow these space heater safety tips to ensure you don’t become a statistic:
This article contains information and tips from the U.S. Department of Energy.
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