Posted by Nicci | Posted in Electronics, Household Products, News | Posted on 05-12-2012
Tags: Heat Surge, iHeater, Seasonaire
Autumn is winding down, and winter is beginning to breathe its frosty air down our necks. For many people, portable space heaters are an easy method to stay warm while attempting to lower utility costs. Unfortunately, many electric space heaters pose a burn risk or fire hazard. According to the United States Fire Administration (USFA), approximately 900 portable heater fires occur annually in the United States. Portable heater fires comprise only two percent of residential fires, but they are particularly deadly, accounting for one quarter of fatal residential fires.
The Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) is the agency charged with monitoring the safety of the products we purchase and with issuing consumer warnings and recalls of dangerous and defective products. While thousands of portable electric heaters have been recalled by their manufacturers this year, As Seen On TV heaters including the iHeater, Heat Surge Amish Electric Fireplace, and Seasonaire Heater and Air Purification System have not been subject to recall. These portable heaters include safety features which may reduce the risk of burns. For example, all three heaters are designed to generate heat while remaining cool to the touch. Heat Surge uses Hybrid-Thermic heat technology and features a patent-pending Cool Touch Heat Vent. The iHeater and Seasonaire both use infrared technology to evenly distribute heat while remaining safe to the touch.
Regardless of which portable heater you use to stay warm while reducing your energy costs, reduce your risk of injury by following these CPSC heater safety tips:
- Never operate a heater you suspect may be damaged.
- Visit the CPSC website to check for recall information before operating your heater.
- Never leave a heater unattended.
- Never operate a portable heater while sleeping.
- Keep flammable and combustible materia;–including paper, clothing, sheets and bedding, curtains, and sofas–at least three feet from the heater’s front, rear, and sides.
- Be sure the heater’s plug fits tightly and securely in the wall outlet.
- Do not use a heater with a power strip or an extension cord.
- Only use a heater on a flat, stable surface to reduce the risk of tipping over.
- When purchasing a heater, check for an OSHA safety certification mark.
- Keep electric heaters away from water, and never touch a heater when you are wet.
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