It may surprise you that space heaters are the appliance responsible for 40% of household fires. This time of year, especially during cold snaps, they are often used to warm a cooler room or area which is not normally heated.
If you have a space heater which is 10 to 20 years old, it is wise to opt for a newer model which comes with more safety devices. Purchase a model that has a tip over switch which automatically turns the unit off if it falls over. Another safety feature to look for is an overheat sensor which will turn the heater off it gets too hot.
Here are other safety tips which can prevent loss of property, or worse personal injury and even death:
Because they can be a serious fire hazard, they should be kept a minimum of three feet/one meter away from any flammable materials.
Don’t use space heaters in garages close to paint or gas cans or in washrooms close to water.
Turn them off when you go to bed, and make sure your smoke detectors are working.