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Space Heater Safety Tips

1/8/2021 (Permalink)

We are finally experiencing some colder temperatures in Fairfield County. Many homes and businesses will be using space heaters to provide that extra boost of comfort. A space heater does a great job at that, but they can also pose a fire risk when not placed correctly or improperly used.  According to the National Fire Prevention Association, space heaters account for one third of all winter heating fires, and a staggering 80% of winter heating deaths every year. Keep you, your home, and your family safe this winter by practicing these safety precautions: 

  1. Make sure that there is ample room for the heater in any space that you place it in. Set it at least three feet from anything combustible like beds, curtains, or clothing.
  2. If possible, purchase a heater with a tip-over switch. This feature will automatically shut the power off if the heater is knocked over.
  3. Unplug the heater when it is not in use.  Like any electrical appliance, space heaters can malfunction.  If it turns on when you are not home, the risk of a fire increases greatly. 
  4. Make a habit of checking the space heater for wear and tear.  Any damage to the heater could cause it to function improperly.  Also remove any dust that has accumulated, as it could catch fire.
  5. Make sure that smoke alarms are in working order.  This should be done anyway, but is especially important if you are operating a space heater in your home.

While we love our space heaters as much as the next, it's very important to operate them with precaution. It may mean the difference between a warm home and a potential fire.  If you do experience a fire as a result of a space heater, or any other type of fire damage, call SERVPRO of Norwalk/Wilton.  We are available 24/7 for assistance. 

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