It’s November in Wisconsin, so it’s getting cold. If you take to using a space heater to warm up a room, be sure to use it safely.
Supplemental heating, such as using space heaters, is the leading cause of home fires from December through February. If you are relying on space heaters for some additional warmth this winter, remember these safety precautions as you stay toasty:
- Do not use space heaters to warm bedding, cook food, thaw pipes or dry clothing. These tasks can present major fire and burn risks.
- Use space heaters with Underwriters Laboratories (UL) safety mark only. The UL mark signifies that the product was tested for potential safety hazards. Also purchase units that have automatic shut-off features and heating element guards.
- Keep sources of fire at least three feet away from the heater, including drapery, clothing and bedding.
- Turn off space heaters when leaving the room and going to sleep.
- Always supervise children and pets around heaters to prevent burn injuries.
- Periodically check for frayed insulation, broken wires and overheating. Have your space heater serviced immediately if you notice any of these problems.
Information provided by Pam McCarthy, First Weber Group Insurance