We’re all looking for easy and affordable ways to stay warm this winter. When it’s nippy outside, nothing beats a cozy night by the fire. But what if you don’t have a fireplace?

Space heaters have long been a staple of interior comfort in New Jersey during this time of year. They’re portable, effective, and generally inexpensive. But they can also be quite dangerous.

Did you know that the New Jersey Division of Fire Safety actually issues a space heater safety message each winter? These basic reminders help consumers shop wisely as they look for the best way to beat the blistering cold.

Keep These Helpful Space Heater Safety Tips In Mind

Using a space heater doesn’t have to be harmful. Just exercise some basic caution and be sure you’re using the right kind of device.

The following space heater safety tips should help:

  • Make sure the unit is approved by your local government.
  • Remember that kerosene heaters are only allowed in one- and two-family homes in New Jersey. Even then, they aren’t the recommended form of in-home heating.
  • Some New Jersey towns ban kerosene heaters altogether.
  • Only use electric heaters that feature a “tip switch,” which will shut the device off if it’s accidentally knocked over.
  • Keep your space heater away from fabrics, skin, and anything flammable.
  • If the plug or cord feels hot while in use, that’s a bad sign. Unplug right away.
  • Look for UL-approved electric space heaters that do not feature exposed elements.
  • Never use lighter fluid with any kind of in-home heater (not even a wood or coal stove).
  • Clean your flue pipes and chimneys before using them each year.
  • Operate heating devices on a safe, level surface. Keep children and pets away.

At The Law Offices of James C. DeZao, we want to see everyone stay safe, healthy, and happy this winter season. Find the right heater for you and then be sure to follow the manufacturer’s instructions, as well as the safety tips outlined above.

Please remember that if you ever need assistance with any kind of personal injury in New Jersey, our office is here to help.