Don't Plug Your Space Heater In To A Power Strip

November 26, 2018

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The weather is cooling down and for many Floridians, anything below 70 degrees calls for the use of a space heater to warm up the room. However fire safety officials are asking that you practice extra caution when using space heaters. Apparently plugging space heaters into power strips pose a major fire risk. Space heaters can generate a lot of energy, with heating elements sometimes reaching 600°F. When hooked up to a power strip or extension cord, the outlet can overheat, causing it to short-circuit or to potentially catch fire. Even when they're not plugged into power strips, space heaters require a close eye. According to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, more than 25,000 home fires a year are traced back to space heaters, and those fires result in roughly 300 fatalities. It may be a good time to update your space heater too as newest models have the latest safety features and the appropriate size for the room you're trying to heat. Electric space heaters should always be kept at ground level and far away from any furniture.

SOURCE: Mental Floss

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