Space Heater Safety Tips from Amica Insurance
Home fires occur most often in January, February and March, as people try to keep warm with additional sources of heat. Space heaters are a popular – but sometimes dangerous – option to provide that warmth, and
“With frigid temperatures across many parts of the country this winter, space heaters are an attractive option to keep homes warm,” said
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• Keep a distance of 36 inches between the heater and combustible materials like bedding, furniture, wall coverings and other flammable items.
• Do not leave a heater unattended.
• Electric heaters should be inspected prior to use. Check the cord for fraying and cracking, and look for broken wires or signs of overheating in the device itself.
• Use only heavy-duty extension cords marked with a No. 14 gauge or larger wire.
• If the heater plug has a grounding prong, use only a grounding (three-wire) extension cord.
• Never run the heater cord, or any cord, under rugs or carpeting.
• With liquid fuel-powered devices, use only kerosene or oil heat. Never use gasoline or any other substitute fuel.
• Allow the heater to cool down before refueling.
“Stay warm this winter, but do it safely by following these tips on space heaters,” Gillerlane said.
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