New 60,000 points offer. Terms apply.

50,000 Bonus Miles! 2x Miles on All Spending, $95 Annual Fee waived, TSA PreCheck Credit.

Remember the "three-foot rule" when using a space heater
Photo by Achudh Krishna on Unsplash

Following yesterday’s tip about the Australia fires (and how to help fight them), today’s tip concerns fire safety on a smaller scale. When the weather’s cold, many people turn to space heaters for some extra heat. Space heaters are often found in rental homes, including ski rentals, and in such cases are often set up in a hurry (when you’ve just arrived to a cold house, for example).

But space heaters can be dangerous. According to the Red Cross, “fixed and portable space heaters are involved in 74 percent of fire-related deaths.” In a post on “ways that winter can kill you,” Reader’s Digest shares a good Red Cross tip that can help limit the risk of fire the next time you use one in a rental house, or even in your own home. It’s called the “three-foot rule”: “When using a space heater, make sure to place it on a hard, level surface, and keep anything flammable, such as paper, clothing, bedding, rugs, or curtains, at least three feet away.” Simple enough, right?

Candles are obviously a fire hazard, too, as are gas ovens and stoves, which the Red Cross says you should never use to heat a home (also: bring a carbon monoxide detector). See more Red Cross’ heating safety tips in this PDF.


Have your own tip? Email it to whitney@johnnyjet.com!
Want to see more tips? Click here for all 1,613!

Want even more travel tips? Sign up here for the Daily Travel Tip newsletter! Enter your email address and check “Daily Travel Tip” to receive Johnny’s best tips in your inbox each day!

If you already subscribe to our weekly newsletter, you can sign up on the same page. Just fill in your email and check “Daily Travel Tip” on the same page. You’ll receive an email with a link to update your JohnnyJet.com preferences. On that page, just click the Daily Travel Tip box and Update Profile.

Johnny Jet

The comments on this page are not provided, reviewed, or otherwise approved by the bank advertiser. It is not the bank advertiser's responsibility to ensure all posts and/or questions are answered.

Editorial Note: The editorial content on this page is not provided by any bank, credit card issuer, airlines or hotel chain, and has not been reviewed, approved or otherwise endorsed by any of these entities.

Leave a Reply

Required fields are marked *