CPSC Recalls Portable Space Heater Recall for Electric Shock Risk
This year’s winter has turned serious for many Americans, especially those in the Northeast. Last week, Boston received a record snowfall of 34.2 inches in just 7 days and now expects another storm this weekend. That’s incredible considering that, on average, the city gets 40.9 inches per year. Frigid temperatures compound many problems such as mass transit, getting to school, and staying warm at home.
If you live in a cold winter city, or plan to visit one soon, make sure to take precaution if you’re staying warm with a space heaters. Space heaters are common solutions for keeping homes and specific spaces warm, but they can be dangerous when used improperly or found to be defective. Space heaters have been known to cause electric shock, house fires, serious burns, and falls. Approximately one third of home-heating fires are caused by space heaters (NFPA).
This week, the Consumer Product Safety Commission (“CPSC”) warns that “Portable Space Heaters” are to be repaired, replaced, or refunded due to serious risk of electric shock. Thankfully, no injuries have been reported. If you own this product, you should unplug it and discontinue use immediately.For more information about this recall, click here. To learn more about space heater safety, visit the National Fire Protection Association’s website.