The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) reports space heaters, whether portable or stationary, accounted for two of every five, or about 40%, of home heating fires and four out of five, or about 84%, of home heating fire deaths. Nearly half of all home heating fires occurred in December, January, and February.
"As we head into the holidays, we want San Antonians to keep a few things in mind if they use space heaters," said Christopher Steele, the president of SAPFFA.
A couple tips to remember:
Keep space heater three feet away from anything that can burn
Be aware of what is near the space heater, including upholstered furniture, clothing, mattresses, or bedding
Don't use an extension cord with space heater, plug it directly into the wall
It's also a good idea to ensure each bedroom of your home has a smoke detector. Also, make sure your home furnace has been inspected by a professional in the past 12 months.
For more tips from the NFPA, visit their website or view the video below. The PDF below also has some great tips you can share with your neighbors and coworkers.
San Antonio Professional Firefighters Association
8925 IH 10 West
San Antonio, TX 78230 (210) 699-9400