18 Important Electric Space Heater Safety Tips
With winter time comes the high cost of keeping your home warm throughout the day and night. Many people want to lower their home heating bills. Small space heaters are one way that you can lower your home heating bills by keeping the overall temperature lower but heating individual rooms where you sleep or spend the most time. However, safety hazards arise every year from the use of these portable heaters, so be sure that you are using yours correctly.
7 Guidelines to Follow
1. Remember the three foot rule and never put your heater closer than three feet to any material, fabric, bedding, furniture, paper or curtains. Anything flammable should be more than three feet from the heater.
2. Check the cord for any damage or abnormality. If the cord is fraying or if wires are exposed, the heater needs to be repaired to thrown out. Also, make sure that the cord is securely attached to the heater and is not in danger of falling out.
3. Place your heater in a stable place where it cannot easily be knocked over by people, pets, drafts or anything else.
4. Be sure that you are using a heater which is safety certified and has the UL safety logo printed, probably on the back.
5. Turn the heater off when you are asleep or away from it. When it’s on, you need to be watching it the entire time.
6. Use the correct fuel if your heater requires fuel. Using the wrong fuel is one way fires are started.
7. When using a space heater, be sure that you have a working smoke detector and carbon monoxide detector.
9 Hazards to Avoid
1. Do not crowd your heater or allow anything flammable to touch the sides, front or back of it.
2. Avoid using an extension cord or power strip if at all possible. If you have no other way to plug the heater in, use extra caution while using the heater.
3. If the power cord of your heater ever feels hot, call an electrician to inspect it.
4. Don’t set your heater on a table, chair or any other piece of furniture.
5. Avoid using your heater in wet areas or where it may come in contact with water. Don’t go near the heater when you are wet. This could result in an electric shock.
6. Don’t cover the power cord of the heater with anything, including furniture, rugs or carpets.
7. Be sure you’re using the right size space heater for the room. If you use one designed for a larger area, you create an unsafe situation.
8. Be careful with children around space heaters. Children should be supervised at all times when a space heater is in use.
9. If you are using a fuel burning heater, be sure that there is proper ventilation. It’s best to avoid fuel burning heaters for indoor use.
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