Staying warm -- for millions of Americans, that includes using extra space heaters in the dead of winter. An estimated 25,000 residential fires every year are associated with the use of space heaters, resulting in 300 deaths and roughly 6,000 injuries. The Home Depot's Scott Krueger and Joe Autry say space heaters can be an inexpensive way to stay warm, but there are some precautions for everyone to keep in mind.
Space heater safety advice:
-When buying a heater, look for one that has been tested and labeled by a nationally recognized testing company, such as Underwriter's Laboratories Inc. (UL).
-Keep the heater three feet away from drapes, furniture or other flammable materials.
-Place the heater on a level surface away from areas where someone might bump into it and knock it over.
-Avoid using extension cords. If you must use an extension cord, make sure it is a heavy duty cord marked with a power rating at least as high as
that on the label of the heater itself.
-Never leave a space heater unattended or running while you sleep.
-Supervise children and pets when a space heater is in use.
-Keep electric heaters away from water. Never use them near a sink or in the bathroom.