Navigation Links
Space Heater Safety Tips Can Help Prevent Burns, Fires

FRIDAY, March 8 (HealthDay News) -- Many Americans use space heaters to provide extra warmth during winter, but they can cause burns and fires if not used properly, an expert warns.

"Every year we receive patients who are victims of house fires caused by space heaters," Dr. Richard Gamelli, director of the Burn and Shock Trauma Institute at Loyola University Medical Center in Chicago, said in a Loyola news release. "So many of these injuries are preventable if simple precautions are taken," he added.

Each year in the United States, space heaters cause more than 25,000 residential fires, more than 300 deaths, and more than 6,000 burn injuries that require emergency department care, according to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission.

Loyola and the U.S. Department of Energy offer the following space heater safety tips:

  • Don't place space heaters on carpets or rugs. Keep heaters at least 3 feet away from furniture, curtains and bedding, and other combustible material.
  • Place space heaters on a hard, level surface where a child or family pet cannot brush up against them. Never leave a space heater on when an adult is not in the room.
  • Never keep flammable liquids near a space heater.
  • Electric space heaters are the safest type of space heater for the home. Plug them directly into a wall outlet. If an extension cord is needed, use a heavy-duty cord of 14-gauge wire or larger.
  • Buy a unit with a tip-over safety switch, to shut off the heating element if the heater falls over.
  • Do not use unvented combustion space heaters inside your home because they can produce dangerous emissions such as carbon monoxide and nitrogen oxide. Vented units that are sealed combustion heaters are safer because they are less likely to backdraft and harm indoor air quality. They are more efficient because they do not draw in heated air from the room and exhaust it to the outdoors.
  • When using a combustion space heater, follow the manufacturer's recommendations for fueling and use only the approved fuel. Never fill a heater that is hot. Never overfill a heater; instead, allow room for fuel expansion. Store fuel outdoors.

More information

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission has more about space heater safety.

-- Robert Preidt

SOURCE: Loyola University Health System, news release, Feb. 22, 2013

Copyright©2012 ScoutNews,LLC.
All rights reserved  

Related medicine news :

1. International space station plays host to innovative infectious disease research
2. Fertility Nutraceuticals, LLC Announces Partnership with Austin Marketing Agency Space Chimp Media
3. 02 Hurricane announces product sales to Raytheon as aerospace giant eliminates canned air for green and sustainable canless air system
4. Psychological Woes Could Arise During Interplanetary Spaceflight: Study
5. Celebrates Their 15th Successful Year in Cyberspace…Helping People Across the World
6. Super storm tracked by European Space Agency water mission
7. New software helps reveal patterns in space and time
8. Spaceflight may extend the lifespan of microscopic worm
9. Device converting images into music helps individuals without vision reach for objects in space
10. CABARET! Evening of Music, Songs and Laughter to Benefit Children's Theater
11. The Columbia Center for Theatrical Arts (CCTA) Announces Its Theater Program for Special Needs Youth
Post Your Comments:
Related Image:
Space Heater Safety Tips Can Help Prevent Burns, Fires
(Date:11/26/2015)... ... November 26, 2015 , ... Indosoft Inc., developer and distributor of the ... to improve system efficiency and reliability. , The new Q-Suite 6 platform is based ... system avoids locking itself into a specific piece of software for many key components ...
(Date:11/25/2015)... ... November 25, 2015 , ... Medical Solutions, one of the ... stellar workplace culture with the company’s Cincinnati office being named a finalist among ... was named a finalist in Cincinnati Business Courier’s 13th annual Greater Cincinnati Best ...
(Date:11/25/2015)... , ... November 25, 2015 , ... For the first ... “ Two Organizations, One Beat ” campaign. The partnership between the two groups began ... aid in MAP International’s cause. , MAP International was founded in 1954 and is ...
(Date:11/25/2015)... ... November 25, 2015 , ... Wimbledon Health Partners, the industry ... Wimbledon Athletics Facebook page to educate the public, parents and school athletic ... 2,000 people under the age of 25 die from sudden cardiac arrest every ...
(Date:11/25/2015)... ... November 25, 2015 , ... Beddit® has launched a new ... systems. The new app features a more intuitive SleepScore™ that rates sleep quality on ... slept. The SleepScore is created by a proprietary algorithm. Beddit analyzes the data to ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):
(Date:11/26/2015)... , November 26, 2015 3D ... by 2022, according to a new report by Grand View ... Kidney Disease (CKD) which demands kidney transplantation is expected to ... cost effective substitute for organ transplantation. --> 3D ... by 2022, according to a new report by Grand View ...
(Date:11/26/2015)... DUBLIN , November 26, 2015 ... has announced the addition of the  ... in the Global Cell Surface Testing ... Opportunities" report to their offering.  ... the addition of the  "2016 Future ...
(Date:11/26/2015)... Nov. 26, 2015 Research and Markets ( ... "Advanced Wound Care Market by Type (Dressings, Therapy Devices, ... (In-Patient Facility, Out-Patient Facility), and Geography - Global Forecast ... --> --> The purpose ... and forecast of the global advanced wound care market. ...
Breaking Medicine Technology: