Keeping your family safe is, of course, of your utmost concern. With the cooler months beginning to roll in, there are some important safety tips to keep in mind about heating, especially when using a space heater.
According to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), fires caused by heating equipment accounted for 14% of all reported home fires in 2011. They also accounted for over 1,500 civilian injuries in the same year. The NFPA also reported that between 2007 and 2011, space heaters were to blame for 81% of all home-heating deaths.
With these statistics in mind, the NFPA offer the following important tips for protecting yourself and your family from the tragedies a space heater could cause:
- Always keep space heaters clean of dust and creosote
- Never place items on a space heater
- Maintain the proper amount of space between the heater and any other items
- Never dry something on a space heater
- Follow the exact operating, installation, and maintenance protocols for your space heater
- Use space heaters that automatically shut-off if tipped over
At the law office of Long & Long, our team of Mobile, Alabama injury attorneys encourages you to be careful when using a space heater in your home. We care about our community and your safety and our law firm has had to represent too many families who have lost loved ones in fires started by defective space heaters. Please maintain safety protocols and keep a watchful eye when using any type of in-home heater. To discuss any matters concerning defective space heaters, please contact us today or call (251) 432-2277.
For more information about the being safe with an in-home space heater, here is a video from the National Fire Protection Agency: