With temperatures falling and holiday season just around the corner, many people are dusting off their space heaters to stay warm and cozy during the winter. However, defective space heaters can pose as a deadly fire hazard. Unfortunately, even space heaters that are correctly manufactured and fully functioning can be a significant risk.
According to a report from the Electrical Safety Foundation International (ESFi), “heating equipment is the second leading cause of home fires in the United States.” Each year, over 65 thousand residential fires are caused by heating equipment. The result? Millions in property damage, thousands of serious injuries, and hundreds of fatalities each year.
It is extremely important to exercise caution when using these space heaters, as there can be many underlying risks. To help minimize the risks of space heater use, here are some safety tips that you can practice in your own home.
Unfortunately, even when following all of these tips, defective space heaters are still sold to thousands of customers every year. Manufacturers have a responsibility to ensure the safety of their products. If you suffered an injury because of a defective space heater, contact an attorney to discuss your rights and legal options. Our experienced New York premises liability attorneys at Hach & Rose, LLP, will conduct a thorough investigation to obtain justice on your behalf.
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