There’s nothing wrong with using a space heater to help warm your home, but there are a number of risks involved that can lead to a fire.
Fire Marshal Dan Foley tells WGIL when it comes to space heaters they tend to cause fires that are completely unexpected.
“Of the heating fires, 32-percent are space heaters, but of those fires, they make up 79-percent of the home heating fire deaths,” says Foley.
Foley says if you’re going to use a space heater remember to never leave it unattended or on overnight.
He also suggest getting a space heater that has a Tip Switch. This safety feature atomically turns the hater off if it’s tipped over helping to prevent a fire from starting.