NASHVILLE – Tennessee residents are experiencing the first real taste of winter this week, and Tennessee’s electric cooperatives remind homeowners that space heaters can be dangerous when not used properly.
According to the National Fire Protection Association, half of all home-heating fires occur in December, January and February, and heating equipment fires account for 18 percent of all reported home fires and 22 percent of home fire deaths.
Here are a few tips to remember when using space heaters:
Be certain that space heaters at least 3 feet away from curtains, furniture and other household items.
Select a heater that has been certified by a recognized testing group like Underwriters Laboratories.
Do not allow children or pets to play near space heaters.