More manufacturers should make safer space heaters

Technology has improved our lives over the years by making it easier for us to accomplish tasks inside and outside of our homes. In addition, technology has been instrumental in bringing comfort when we need it. Over the years, technology has improved to better fit our needs, however, there are some items that are still problematic and need to be addressed. One item that could use some improvement is the space heater. Many people use these heaters during the Winter to supplement their high energy bills. While I believe the space heater is a wonderful invention, they are responsible for many of the residential fires each year. In fact the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) states that space heaters are responsible for an average of 1,700 residential fires every year and about 80 deaths, 160 injuries and about $62 million in damages. Unfortunately, a lot of these fires have been caused by improper use by the homeowners, which includes leaving the heater next to flammable fabrics, leaving it unattended, or plugging it into a surge protector. Though there is some negligence on the part of the user, I believe it is about time all the manufacturers improved the technology to avoid such misuse. After some research on the different types of space heaters, I found a few heaters that could be mounted to the wall. Not only are these heaters safer for children, but they are the safest models on the market. My mother uses a space heater during the Winter, and I will suggest that she invests in this mountable model. My motto is better be safe than sorry – I could be preventing a potential fire.


HVAC worker