Portable space heaters are a convenient source of heat for your home, but they can also pose a significant fire hazard. In fact, space heaters cause hundreds of deaths, thousands of injuries, and millions of dollars in property damage every year.
Use these portable space heater safety tips from the Electrical Safety Foundation International to keep warm and stay safe this winter:
Check to see that your space heater was tested by a recognized laboratory before purchasing.
Read the manufacturer’s recommendations and warning labels carefully before using.
Turn off the heater when you go to bed or leave the room.
Place the heater on a solid, flat surface. Never use a space heater on a carpet.
Do not use space heaters in wet areas, such as the kitchen or bathroom.
Purchase a space heater with an automatic shut-off so it will turn off if tipped over.
Inspect the power cord for damage or frayed edges before using.
Plug power cords directly into an outlet, never into an extension cord.
Have a three-foot “safety zone” around the heater and keep it clear of furniture, bedding, curtains, flammable materials, pets, and children.
Install smoke alarms on every floor of the home and test them at least once per month.
Always unplug and safely store your space heater when not in use.
It is important to note that portable electric heaters should only be used as a supplemental source of heat for cold or drafty areas in your home. If your home heating system isn’t doing its job, consider having it replaced. A brand new furnace can save you energy, keep all areas in your home warm, and is much safer than a portable space heater.
If you live in Fairfax County,Virginia, trust Air Treatment Company with all of your home heating needs. We offer a wide variety of services to keep you warm this winter, including furnace installations, repairs, and tune-ups. Give us a call at (703) 270-0881 to get started.