Space Heaters are a popular choice for heating homes because they are inexpensive, portable, and easy to use. However, space heaters can be dangerous. If you have never used a space Heater before, there are some safety features on modern models that may not be obvious. These safety features are designed to prevent injury or death by reducing the chance of fire as well as limiting the spread of flames if a fire were to occur.
A portable electric space heater is great for heating a small room or an area off of a larger room. These handy devices can also be set to adjust and regulate the temperature to keep you warm without overheating your home.
Space Heater Safety Tips
Space Heater safety tips will help keep your home safe from unnecessary fires and keep you, your family, and your friends safe from potential injuries. Using a space heater is simple and effective as long as you follow these safety tips:
1) Space Heater’s Safety Certifications:
Before buying a space heater, make sure that it’s listed by a recognized testing laboratory, and do not forget to check for the label stating that it is approved for indoor use.
Space Heaters are identified by a label showing the following information:
- The Underwriters Laboratories (UL) Mark
- The UL Listing Mark
- The Standard Mark (or Other Recognized Testing Laboratory Mark where applicable) of the organization that has evaluated the product and determined that it meets applicable safety standards.
2) Space Heater with Safety Features:
When it comes to choosing a space heater for your home, you should look for one that automatically shuts off when it starts to overheat or tips over. That way, you can help minimize the risk of an accidental fire.
3) Don’t Use Extension Cords and Power Strips:
When using a space heater, be sure to use extension cords and power strips wisely. They can overheat and cause a fire when connected to a space heater. Instead, plug your space heater directly into the wall outlet.
4) Avoid Placing Space Heater Near Items That Catch Fire:
Place space heaters out of harm’s way. If a space heater is placed too close to something flammable, such as curtains or rugs, it could easily catch fire. Also, a space heater should not be placed on carpet or in high-traffic areas where it could become a tripping hazard.
5) Keep Kids and Pets Away From Space Heaters:
Remember that kids and pets can knock over space heaters and start an electrical fire. Be sure to keep them away from your space heater at all times. Don’t let children or pets play with the heater. Young children should be supervised and never left alone in a room with a space heater. Place the heaters behind a child-proof gate if necessary.
6) Place Space Heaters On a Flat Surface:
Place the space heater on a flat, hard surface where it can’t tip over. Space heaters don’t belong on carpets or rugs because they can fall into a crack between the floorboards, get covered by furniture, or simply be too heavy for the rug to hold down.
7) Hiding Space Heater Cords is Dangerous:
When space heaters are used, the cords are usually buried under throw rugs and furniture. This can be dangerous because the cords become hidden, and it is easy to trip over them. Some people still hide their space heater cords without knowing that it’s a serious fire hazard.
8) Turn Off Your Space Heater When You’re Not Around:
Space heaters aren’t safe to leave unattended. They can overheat, melt, catch fire and even explode. The safest practice for you and your family is to turn off your space heater whenever you go to bed or leave the house. If you have a space heater that doesn’t have an automatic shutoff feature, put a timer on it so it will automatically turn off after a set amount of time.
Space heaters are a great addition to any home. While they do come with some risks, it’s important to educate yourself on safety measures so that you can avoid these dangers and keep your family warm this winter. If you’re interested in learning more about how to stay safe while using a heater in your home, please contact us. We would love to answer all of your questions!
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