As outdoor temperatures drop, people across the nation take measures to keep themselves and their loved ones warm this winter.
As outdoor temperatures drop and people across the nation take measures to keep themselves and their loved ones warm this winter, fire incidents involving heating equipment are expected to rise. According to a National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) report, heating equipment is a leading cause of home fires, and nearly half of all home fires occur in December, January and February.
Even though electric space heaters do not have an open flame, the heating elements of some types of electric heaters are hot enough to ignite nearby combustibles like draperies, paper, clothing, furniture, and flammable liquids. It is, therefore, important to check surrounding objects periodically to see if they feel hot. Refer to the manufacturer’s instructions to see how far the heater should be placed from combustible materials, and for how far the heater should be placed from the floor so that carpeting or flooring materials don’t ignite.
It is timely to consider some of the safety issues involved in the appropriate use of space heaters in homes. The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) recommends the following when selecting an electric heater:
To prevent electrical shocks and electrocutions, always keep portable electric heaters away from water, and never touch an electric heater if you are wet.
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In the event that an incident does occur, it is important to call PuroClean, a professional restoration company that recognizes the many safety issues involving both property and quality of life issues when dealing with smoke/soot contamination. Every fire event produces thousands of Products of Incomplete Combustion (PIC) which are established carcinogens. All restoration activities need to be performed by trained and certified technicians to ensure the highest quality of service and the restoration of all property and contents to a pre-disaster condition. For assistance regarding all property damage restoration (fire/smoke, water, mold, biohazard), be sure to call on the Paramedics of Property Damage, PuroClean, for professional assistance.