...mentions an amazing statistic:
Between 1999 and 2002, [space heaters] were responsible for an average 9,900 residential fires and 190 fatalities a year, according to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC). That was nearly five times the annual fatalities linked to fireplaces or chimney fires and nearly 10 times those linked to central-heating fires.
Two easy ways for a space heater to kill or cause significant damage include:
I have a little space heater in my office right now as I write this. I am a bit surprised to learn that it and its kin kill 190 people a year. That's more than lightning (60 per year), snake bites (12 per year) and shark attacks (minimal) combined.
- Home Depot: Space Heater Safety
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