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Space Heaters and Fire Safety

As the winter months approach, more people are scavenging for sources of heat. Space heaters are dusted off and reinstalled in homes across America. While being warm is essential, defective heating units and improper usage can cause household fires. From 2003 to 2007, 61 space heater fires caused 6 deaths, 24 injuries, and $3 million loss in damages.

If you or anyone you know has suffered injury or loss resulting from a fire, contact the Kenosha personal injury lawyers of Habush Habush & Rottier S.C. ® at 866-499-4700 for a free initial consultation.

Safety Risks and Tips

In order to help you avoid loss of property and risk of injury, the United States Fire Administration has compiled a few tips for you and your family to stay warm and safe during the winter months.

  • When using electric heaters, always plug directly into outlet. If an extension cord must be used, make sure it is at least as thick as the chord connected to the heater.
  • Do not use space heaters in bathrooms or areas where they may come into contact with water.
  • Keep space heater away from combustible materials (bedding, drapes, papers, and furniture).
  • Do not place space heater on carpet, rugs, or mats.
  • Do not leave space heater on when you leave the house.

Additionally, be certain to install and maintain working smoke detectors on every level of your home.

Contact Us

While fires caused by space heaters are not frequent, they are devastating. If you have suffered damages from a residential fire, you may be eligible for compensation. Contact an experienced Kenosha fire liability lawyer of Habush Habush & Rottier S.C. ® at 800-242-2874 today for a free consultation.