We may be going through an unseasonably warm winter at the moment but that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t be aware of some important winter safety tips, especially if you are one of the many people using a space heater.
According to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, yearly over 25,000 residential fires are associated with the improper use of space heaters. Incidents like these can result in death, injury and thousands in property damage. Like many tools and appliances we use, there is a right and a wrong way to operate them. If used safely, a space heater can greatly improve your home’s comfort and save you on energy costs. Whether you’re buying an electric or gas heater, you should take the time to find out a little more about operating it safely.
Here are some tips to keeping warm and safe this winter when using your space heater:
- Select a heater that is the proper size for the room you wish to heat. If it’s too large, it will consume more energy and lead to higher bills. If it’s too small, you’ll be consuming electric that you won’t even feel.
- Watch where you plug. Heaters should be plugged into the wall directly if possible, not an extension cord. Using an extension cord increases your risk of overheating, fire, and electric shock. If you have to use a cord, make sure it is properly rated and sized for the heater’s voltage.
- Your unit should be placed in a safe place away from pets and small children.
- Your heater should have a automatic shut off feature in the case that it gets tipped over.
- Keep your heater at least 3 feet from all combustible materials like couches, beds, curtains, anything plastic or paper.
- NEVER leave your heater on while unattended. If you won’t be a room or you will be leaving the house, turn off the heater. It doesn’t matter if you’ll be gone for 1 hour or 12, home fires can start in minutes.
- Avoid placing heaters in rooms that may be moist or wet such as a bathroom or kitchen. This could lead to fire or shock hazard.
- NEVER operate a heater that is damaged or broken. Take it in for service and repair immediately or replace it.
- Only use a space heater if you have a working smoke detector in the same room.
- Look for a heater that is safety certified. Your knowledgeable customer service representative at Heat & Cool LLC will be able to help you find exactly what you need!
We hope these tips are helpful for you as you stay warm this winter. Space heaters are a fantastic addition to your home, just make sure you’re using them safely!
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