Space heaters are an economical and efficient way to stay warm during the winter, but they are also controversial for the number of fires that they cause. U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission research shows space heaters were five times more likely to cause a fire-related fatality than chimneys or fireplaces between 1999 and 2002.
This does not mean space heaters are unfit for use. On the contrary, space heaters can be extremely safe so long as you take the right precautions. The Christian Science Monitor shows you what steps to take to protect against a space heater fire with a recently published list of safety tips.
Several of the most important tips for seniors to remember are to never have drapes or other fabric within three feet of the space heater since they can catch fire. Also, place the heater of a non-flammable surface like a granite countertop or a tile floor. Like fabric, carpet can also catch fire.
A space heater should always be turned off when you go to bed to prevent a fire while you’re sleeping and should remain on a level surface while it is in operation.
Finally, make sure your smoke detector is in working order. This small device may save your life one day
For the full list of safety tips published by The Christian Science Monitor, please visit csmonitor.com.