From Our 2013 Archives
Space Heater Safety Tips Can Help Prevent Burns, Fires
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FRIDAY, March 8 (HealthDay News) -- Many Americans use space heaters to provide extra warmth during winter, but they can cause burns and fires if not used properly, an expert warns.
"Every year we receive patients who are victims of house fires caused by space heaters," Dr. Richard Gamelli, director of the Burn and Shock Trauma Institute at Loyola University Medical Center in Chicago, said in a Loyola news release. "So many of these injuries are preventable if simple precautions are taken," he added.
Each year in the United States, space heaters cause more than 25,000 residential fires, more than 300 deaths, and more than 6,000 burn injuries that require emergency department care, according to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission.
Loyola and the U.S. Department of Energy offer the following space heater safety tips:
-- Robert Preidt
SOURCE: Loyola University Health System, news release, Feb. 22, 2013
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