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Fire & Water - Cleanup & Restoration

Space Heater Fires

3/8/2021 (Permalink)

During the fall, the dead of winter, and even into the early spring months, people like to use space heaters in their home or office.  People sometimes bring a small space heater to work and place it under their desk.  Space heaters are also used in garages, by college students in dorms, in old drafty apartments or homes, and a variety of other places.  But no matter where you may be using a space heater, it is important to follow some basic safety tips because any appliance that generates heat is a potential fire hazard.  According to the National Fire Protection Association, space heaters cause 43% of home heating fires each year.

Space heaters should always be placed on a solid and level surface.  But the leading cause of space heater fires is placing flammable items such as curtains, blankets, towels or clothing too close to them.  These items can become overheated and catch fire.  This is something to keep in mind for any appliance that generates heat.  We often help customers restore their home after a fire that started in the kitchen when things like pizza boxes or hot pads were left on top of the stove or too close to it.  The same concept applies to space heaters. 

It is also important to plug the space heater directly into the electrical outlet versus using an extension cord.  Because space heaters have heating elements that can sometimes reach as high as 600 degrees Fahrenheit, they can generate a lot of energy.  If you use an extension cord, the outlet can overheat, short -circuit and potentially start a fire. For the same reason, you should regularly inspect the cord on your space heater for signs of damage or wear and make sure it is not frayed or pinched.  In addition, the electrical cord should never be placed underneath a throw rug. 

It is also wise to make sure your space heater has a UL certification label.  Having a UL tested product shows that the equipment meets a nationally recognized safety standard.  

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