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Space Heater Fire Prevention

Prevent certain home fires by understanding the risks of space heaters.

The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) estimates that there were 57,100 home fires in 2010 resulting in 490 civilian deaths and $1.1 billion in property damage. Space heater safety is not just a residential concern, workplace fires with these units are caused by, inadequate safety features on the space heater, heaters placed near combustibles or heaters that are improperly plugged in

Safety Tips
If you must use a space heater for heat, use it as safely as possible.

  • Employees need approval from their supervisor before using a space heater in their work area.
  • When buying a heater, look for one that has been tested and labeled by a nationally recognized company, such as Underwriter’s Laboratories (UL).
  • Keep heater three feet away from furniture, clothing or other flammable materials.
  • Place the heater on a level floor surface away from doors and areas where it might be bumped into.
  • Do not use extension cords to plug in the heater.
  • Never leave a space heater running unattended. Turn it off when you leave for break, lunch and go home for the day.