As summer fades into fall, the cooler weather has already initiated the use of home heating equipment in some parts of the U.S. And as exemplified by a recent tragedy in Chicago, residents using these heat sources should exercise caution.
A two-month-old girl died last week from a fire initiated by a space heater that was apparently placed too close to a bed. According to the Chicago Tribune, the intense flames prevented firefighters from rescuing the infant from the apartment, which had nonworking smoke alarms. The girl's mother was burned in a rescue attempt, and the fire displaced 30 people, including 12 children, states the Tribune.
NFPA recommends keeping space heaters and other types of heating equipment at least three feet from anything that can burn. Download the heating safety tip sheet for other ideas on keeping your residence safe from fire.