Space Heater Safety: Calhoun County
The Consumer Product Safety Commission estimates that thousands of residential fires and hundreds of deaths are caused each year by space heaters. Thousands of Americans receive hospital emergency room care annually for burn injuries associated with room heaters. Officials say if proper precautions are taken, space heaters can be used safely. Oxford Fire Department Captain Rodney Pate says there’s a key tip for space heater safety before you even bring it into your home. Pate also shared some other helpful tips. He said keep space heaters at least 3 feet away from furniture or other combustible material, locate space heaters on a hard, level surface, and never leave a space heater on when an adult is not present in the room.