Radiators, Appliances and Portable Defective Home Heaters Cause Numerous Accidents
Home heaters are notoriously dangerous appliances, and every year, dreadful fire accidents result in thousands of fires and hundreds of burn injuries and preventable deaths. The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission estimates that more than 25,000 home fires each year are associated with the use of space heaters along, resulting in more than 300 deaths. Thousands of other victims get emergency room care for burn injuries associated with defective home heaters.
Around 30 percent of home heating fires involve space heaters, and 80 percent of home heating fire deaths, according to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA). Heating equipment continues to be a leading cause of home fires, along with reckless cooking and smoking accidents. About half of fatal home heater fires begin because something is too close to the heater and ignites.
A leading factor contributing to portable space heater fires is heating equipment too close to upholstered furniture, clothing, mattresses, or bedding.
Joe Lyon is a highly-rated Ohio product liability lawyer representing plaintiffs nationwide in a wide variety of consumer product liability and product defect cases.
Types of Defective Home Heaters & Appliances
In 2007, U.S. fire departments responded to over 66,000 home fires that involved heating equipment like space heaters. These accidents killed some 580 people, and cause burn injuries in another 1,850. The fires were directly caused by the following:
- Propane heaters
- Space heaters
- Patio Heaters
- Heater Fans
- Electric Blankets
- Gas Grills
- Portable Generators
- Mr. Heater Propane Heaters–Tough Buddy and Big Buddy Heaters
Home Heater Accident Prevention
- Use a metal screen to prevent contact and flame burn injury
- Keep all objects at least 3 feet away from heating equipment—as well as a wide-berth “kid-free zone”
- Use heating equipment recognized by a testing laboratory
- Install home heating equipment according to local codes and manufacturer’s instructions
- Have a qualified professional install home heating equipment
- Make sure all fuel-burning equipment is vented to avoid carbon monoxide (CO) poisoning
- Install and maintain CO detectors and smoke detectors
Portable Electric Space Heaters
- Turn space heaters off when you go to sleep or leave the room
- Use portable space heaters with automatic shut off
- Place space heater on flat surface
- Plug power cords directly into outlets, never into an extension cord
- Always use the proper fuel as specified by manufacturer and instructions
Wood Burning Stoves
- Install stoves following manufacturer’s instructions
- In wood stoves, burn only dry, seasoned wood
- Never start fired with a flammable liquid, only flame and paper
- Keep the doors of wood stove closed unless loading the fire
- Dispose of ashes in a tightly covered metal container and away from the home and any other nearby buildings
- Chimneys and vents should be cleaned at least once a year
If you or a loved one has suffered a burn injury due to a defective home heater, and have questions about the legal remedies available to improve quality of life and medical care in Ohio, contact The Lyon Firm at (800) 513-2403. You will speak directly with Mr. Lyon, and he will help you answer critical questions regarding defective home heaters.