Springdale House Fire Caused By Space Heater
Posted: December 12, 2013 at 5 a.m.
A house fire at 1013 Porter Ave. on Tuesday morning was the second in Springdale caused by a space heater in a seven-day span, said Duane Miller, fire marshal.
By The Numbers
Estimates for home heating-related fires in the United States:
2004: 70,000 fires, 670 deaths
2005: 65,000 fires, 730 deaths
2006: 64,000 fires, 540 deaths
2007: 66,000 fires, 580 deaths
2008: 66,000 fires, 480 deaths
2009: 59,000 fires 480 deaths
2010: 57,000 fires, 490 deaths
2011: 54,000 fires, 400 deaths
At A Glance
Keep heaters at least 3 feet away from combustible material.
Turn heaters off when leaving home or going to sleep.
Plug heaters into a wall outlet, not into an extension cord.
Check the heater’s cord on a regular basis for frayed wires or damaged insulation.
Check outlet on a regular basis to see if it’s hot.
Place heaters on a flat surface and not on furniture.
Make sure the heater has a secure base.
Check for a mark on the heater that means it meets safety standards (like “UL”).
Test smoke detectors on a monthly basis.
Source: Staff Report
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