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Space Heaters

Posted on February 09, 2014 in Tips and Tricks

The weather is still Cold and we are always looking to stay warm any way we can. A lot of people use electric space heaters to accomplish this but they don't always follow safe practices when using these. Half of all fatal fires are caused by electric or combustable fuel space heaters, 66,400 homes a year are involved in some sort of space heater fires.

The leading cause of space heater fires in general is heating equipment too close to combustable materiel, such as upolstered furniture, clothing, mattress, or bedding. Electrical circuits can become overloaded due to the high amperage demand on these units and the [shared circuits] such as receptacles and lighting

and appliances. Have a licensed electrical contractor install Home Run circuits with AFCI [Arc Fault Circut Interupter] circuits to minimize any potential fires from faulty or non functioning space heaters. If you see that the space heater is broken or damaged in any way Do Not Use it get a new one. Always keep these appliances clean if you must use them and never use them in confined spaces without access to fresh air. It is very easy to put off repairing or reduing electrical circuits and outlets unfortunatly intill it is too late Dont become a statistic take action to be safe for you and your famliy

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