Fulton County residents encouraged to take precautions when using space heaters
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As temperatures continue to drop, Fulton County Cooperative Extension would like remind the public to use caution when using their space heaters. Residents should know that heating an entire home using space heaters alone is a safety hazard. ¬†
Most people are not aware that space heaters should only be used as a backup for the main heating system of a home. ¬†The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission estimates that more than 25,000 residential fires every year are associated with the use of space heaters, resulting in more than 300 deaths. In addition, an estimated 6,000 people receive hospital emergency room care for burn injuries associated with contacting the hot surfaces of room heaters, mostly in non-fire situations.
Cooperative Extension offers the following safety tips:
- when using space heaters be sure to use newer models that shut off when tipped over
- if using an older model heater, have it inspected by a professional for possible problems
- select a space heater that is appropriate for the size of the room being heated
- turn space heaters off when placing the heater on a level surface away from the traffic of the room
- place heaters out of reach of children
- place the heater on a level surface away from curtains or other fabrics
- turn off the heater when leaving the home or exiting the room for long periods of time
‚ÄúWe all want to be warm this winter, but more importantly we all need to be safe,‚ÄĚ states Menia Chester, Director of Fulton County Cooperative Extension.
For more information, contact Fulton County Cooperative Extension at (404) 332-2400 or log-on to www.fultoncountyga.gov.