Space heaters are a fantastic way to heat small spaces on those especially cold days. They are a practical heat source if you only wish to heat a single room or the personal space of those sensitive to cold, such as the elderly. However, they are also responsible for half of all winter house fires in some capacity.
According to Energy.gov, safety is a top consideration when using space heaters. The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission estimates that more than 25,000 residential fires occur every year that are associated with space heaters, resulting in over 300 deaths. In addition, an estimated 6,000 people receive hospital emergency room care for burn injuries associated with contacting the hot surfaces of space heaters, mostly in non-fire situations.
Electric space heaters are the most common variety these days, which is why Staley Electric wants to remind our customers to exercise caution and use common sense when it comes to space heaters. Electric space heaters should only be plugged directly into a wall outlet. If you absolutely must use an extension cord, use the shortest heavy-duty cord of 14-gauge wire or larger. Buy a unit with a tip-over safety switch, which will automatically shut off the heater if it is accidentally knocked over. Most of all, follow all manufacturer guidelines as closely and carefully as possible.
Check out the infographic below from Nationwide, featuring several interesting statistics about space heater fires and safety tips to help you and your family stay safe this season:
Do you have more questions about space heater safety? Contact Staley Electric today. Whatever home electric need you may have, our professional electricians serve all customers across Central and Northwest Arkansas. Whether you need an electrical upgrade, whole home generator, simple outlet repair, or any other home electrical fix, our residential electric company is glad to serve. Learn more about us by clicking HERE!