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The Hidden Dangers of Space Heaters

Many homes in the United States use central heating to keep warm in the winter months. Central heating is an effective, safe way to maintain warm temperatures throughout a home, despite the frosty conditions outside. However, many people still use space heaters to keep warm, either in small rooms, such as bedrooms or if their heating system is broken or ineffective. Space heaters are often maligned by experts because of their inefficiency and the perils they pose. Here’s what you need to know about the hidden dangers of space heaters.

Why Space Heaters Are So Dangerous

Space heaters are often maligned by experts because they are extremely dangerous. This is because they are a fire risk. Space heaters are essentially an open heating element, comprised of super-heated metal coils. As a free-standing source of extreme heat, should a space heater topple, or be knocked over, they can quickly cause a fire. Even worse, those using the heater may not even notice it has fallen over until the flames are already spreading. According to fire department spokesmen, a space heater has the ability to cause an entire home to go up in flames in just three minutes.

Risk Factors for Space Heater Fires

There are a number of reasons why a space heater may suddenly burst into flames. The most commonly cited reason for this is the accumulation of dust or dirt within the heater itself. If not properly maintained and cleaned, these fine particles can easily ignite when close to the heating element, causing a sudden and intense fire that can quickly spread throughout the home.  Another common reason for space heater fires is using the heaters too close to curtains, rugs, or other fabrics. When left too close to fabric, the risk for fires increases dramatically. Even the slightest touch can cause a spark, which can quickly ignite curtains and spread the flames.

Space Heater Injuries

According to a study by Nationwide, space heaters are the cause of an estimated 19,300 fires in the U.S. each year, as well as an estimated 360 deaths and 1,020 injuries. The most common injuries associated with these accidents are burns, sometimes severe and life-altering. If a space heater malfunctioned and exploded, cuts, bruising or other injuries from the flying metal may also occur.

What to Do if You Are Injured

If you are injured as a result of a malfunctioning or improperly used space heater, you may be able to claim compensation for the injuries you suffered. To get the maximum possible compensation, contact the experienced attorney at the Shapiro Law Group today.

Whether your injury was the result of the negligence of someone else or perhaps a faulty or defective product, our knowledgeable attorneys are versed in all aspects of the law and get can get you the financial restitution you deserve. You may even be entitled to compensation for the mental anguish, or any lasting mental conditions, such as the post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) you may experience. Call the Shapiro Law Group today at 339-200-9933 for your free consultation.