Space Heater Safety
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Do you use a space heater in your home or business? Educating yourself about the safety hazards that come with the improper use of portable heaters will help you achieve better peace of mind as you keep your home warm, comfortable, and fire hazard-free this winter.
Any heat source should be kept at least three feet away from anything that is flammable. The heaters should be regularly cleaned and maintained according to the device’s instructions.
It’s particularly important to regularly maintain heaters that use a fuel source (for example, kerosene) to ensure there aren’t any carbon monoxide leaks. Every home should have a carbon monoxide detector installed and tested regularly. They are available at most home improvement stores.
It’s also important for renters to check with their landlord or property manager to see what heat sources are allowed in their home or business. If a fire is caused by an unapproved heater, there may be no insurance coverage. The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) has additional heating safety tips at nfpa.org/Public-Education/By-topic/Top-causes-of-fire/Heating.