It seems like every year we hear depressing stories about adults or children (or pets) suffering a personal injury or death due to fires started by use of space heaters in homes. The National Fire Protection Association reports that from 2005 to 2009, 79% of home heating fire deaths and 69% of injuries from home heating fires were caused by use of stationary or portable space heaters.
So, what can we do to protect our families from the dangers of space heaters? Space heaters need plenty of room around them, so we should all keep adequate space around space heaters. Also, space heaters should not be left on while you are sleeping. A great list of tips for use of space heaters can be found at the Home Safety Council Website.
A list of recently recalled space heaters can be found on this page at the CPSC website as well. Please take a moment to review it to see if you might have a space heater that has been recalled.
On another note, readers of this blog will notice that I’ve been very late in getting it updated. I’ve been absorbed in starting a new law firm and have not been posting nearly enough recently. One of my New Year’s resolutions is to blog more frequently, so look for more posts on a more regular basis to the blog, and I welcome all ideas for new topics readers would like to see addressed.