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10 tips on the safe use of space heaters

Submitted by SterlingBrown on Fri, 03/08/2019 - 11:28

10 tips on the safe use of space heaters

A space heater can provide a welcome source of localized heating either as a supplement for a home's regular heating system or for use when heating a larger space is not warranted. But their convenience is fraught with some dangers and recognizing those can help prevent disaster in your home.

One-third of all house fires caused by heating systems are the result of the failure of a space heater or its improper use. 80% of all heating fire-related deaths in homes originate with the use of space heaters.

Perhaps the most important thing you can do is making sure that the space heater you purchase is properly rated and of high quality. Make certain that any space heater you purchase is also properly rated.

Make certain any space heater you do purchase is equipped with a tip over switch, and overheat and touch sensors.

Avoid the use of any oil or gas-fired space heater inside a home. They add the risk of carbon monoxide poisoning to the risk of a fire.

Prior to plugging in your electric space heater, inspect the unit for any signs of overheating or scorching and look at the cord for indications of damage or fraying.

Your space heater should be plugged directly into a receptacle. Most extension cords are not rated for the current required to operate an electric space heater.

Position the space heater in such a way that no combustibles are closer than 3 feet away.

Arrange the power cord for the space heater in such a way as to not cause a trip hazard.

Make certain any room in which a space heater is used is also equipped with a smoke detector.

Always turn off the space heater when leaving the room and for added safety unplugged the unit.

Submitted by SterlingBrown on Fri, 03/08/2019 - 11:28