Did you know that portable space heater fires make up half of all winter home heating fires? And that heating equipment is a leading cause of home fire deaths? Or that half of home heating equipment fires are reported during the months of December, January, and February?
Here are some simple steps that can help prevent most heating-related fires from happening:
- Keep anything that can burn at least three feet away from heating equipment
- Have a three-foot “kid-free zone” around open fires and space heaters.
- Select a space heater with a guard around the flame area or the heating element. This will help keep children, pets and clothing away from the heat source.
- When selecting a space heater, look for one that has been tested and certified by a nationally recognized testing laboratory. These heaters have been determined to meet specific space heater safety standards, and manufacturers are required to provide important use and care information to the consumer.
- Buy a heater that is the correct size for the area you want to heat.
- Show everyone in your home how to use a space heater properly.
- Keep doors open to the rest of the house if you are using an unvented fuel-burning (kerosene or natural gas) space heater. This helps to prevent pollutant build-up and promotes proper combustion. Even vented heaters require ventilation for proper combustion. Please note, Bourne’s does not sell or install unvented heaters.
- Never leave a space heater on when you go to sleep or leave the area. For fuel-fired heaters, dangerous levels of carbon monoxide could accumulate, or unmonitored burning could cause a fire.
- Be aware that mobile homes require specially designated heating equipment. Only electric or vented fuel-fired heaters should be used.