In 2014, heating equipment was involved in an estimated 56,400 reported U.S. home structure fires. These fires resulted in 560 deaths, 1,600 injuries and $1.3 billion in direct property damage.1 Check out this space heater safety infographic below for more information about staying safe around space heaters.

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Don't zone out on heaters

How to safely use space heaters

  • Select a space heater with a guard around the flame area or the heating element. This will help keep children, pets and clothing away from the heat source.
  • When selecting a space heater, look for one that has been tested and certified by a nationally recognized testing laboratory. These heaters have been determined to meet specific space heater safety standards, and manufacturers are required to provide important use and care information to the consumer.
  • Buy a heater that is the correct size for the area you want to heat.
  • Show everyone in your home how to use a space heater properly.
  • Keep doors open to the rest of the house if you are using an unvented fuel-burning (kerosene or natural gas) space heater. This helps to prevent pollutant build-up and promotes proper combustion. Even vented heaters require ventilation for proper combustion.
  • Never leave a space heater on when you go to sleep or leave the area. For fuel-fired heaters, dangerous levels of carbon monoxide could accumulate, or unmonitored burning could cause a fire.
  • Be aware that mobile homes require specially designated heating equipment. Only electric or vented fuel-fired heaters should be used.

Practicing good safety measures can dramatically reduce the risk of a fire in your home, but accidents can and do happen. Consider homeowners insurance coverage, which can protect your property in the event of a fire.

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The information listed above was obtained from sources believed to be reliable. Nationwide, its affiliates and employees do not guarantee improved results based upon the information contained herein and assume no liability in connection with the information or the provided safety suggestions. The recommendations provided are general in nature; unique circumstances may not warrant or require implementation of some or all of the safety suggestions. There may be additional available safety procedures that are not referenced on this webpage.