After seventy-degree days and tornado warnings, we have finally hit a patch of chilly temperatures. And so, many folks will use space heaters to ward off the cold. If you use a space heater, here are some facts you should know (as published by the National Fire Protection Association):
- Half of all home heating fires take place in December, January and February
- One-third of home heating fire are caused by space heaters (stationary or portable)
- Eighty-one percent of all home-heating deaths are caused by space heaters.
If you use a space heater, here are some steps use should take to ensure the safety of you and your family:
- Follow the manufacturer’s recommendations about proper use.
- Keep the heater at least three feet away from fabrics such as drapes and bedding. The same rule applies to furniture and other combustible items
- Do not allow pets or children to be near space heaters.
- Do not leave a space heater on while you sleep or if you are not in the immediate area.
- Only use a space heater on a hard, non-flammable, level floor.
- Only use kerosene (not gasoline) in a kerosene space heater.
- Use a space heater that has been tested to the most current standards.
- Ensure all smoke and carbon monoxide detectors have good batteries and are functioning properly.
If defective, space heaters can cause serious burn injuries, wrongful death and significant property damage. If you or a loved one has been injured due to a defective space heater, our award-winning lawyers are experienced with product liability claims and would be happy to sit down with you, review your case and explain your rights. To schedule a free, no-obligation consultation, contact us online or call us at 615-742-4880 or toll-free at 866-812-8787