Space Heater Dangers
While trying to heat their homes during the cold winter months, many people rely on space heaters because of their low relative cost and their convenience. However, space heaters pose a significant threat of fire, causing more than 10,000 residential fires and almost 200 deaths each year. In addition, space heaters can cause other serious injuries and death through carbon monoxide buildup.
In order to keep yourself and your family safe this winter season, follow these safety recommendations from the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission when choosing and implementing a space heater:
- Select a newer space heater that has been certified under the latest safety standards in a national testing laboratory. Older space heaters may lack such safety standards as automatic shut-off if blocked or tipped over, additional guarding around the heating coils, and oxygen depletion sensors.
- Always keep the heater on a hard, level, non-flammable surface. Never place the heater on or near carpet, rugs, drapes, furniture, bedding, or other flammable materials.
- Turn off the space heater before leaving the area, and never leave a space heater on while sleeping or place a space heater near a sleeping person.
- If using an un-vented fuel-burning space heater, keep doors and windows open to prevent carbon monoxide buildup.
- Keep children and pets away from space heaters.
- Keep smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors in good working order.
- Have heaters inspected regularly.
If you or a loved one has been injured in a fire caused by a malfunctioning space heater or other appliance, contact the Iowa personal injury lawyers of LaMarca Law Group, P.C. today at 877-327-2600 to discuss your legal options.