Safety While Using a Space Heater
With temperatures expected to fall consistently throughout Plumas County and surrounding areas, people all over are flocking once again to their local box store in search of space heaters. For many Americans their only source of heat in their homes is the use of portable electric space heaters. But how safe are these space heaters? Let’s take a look at how truly safe these heaters are and how to use them correctly.
Portable Space Heaters
According to a 2013 report by the National Fire Protection Agency, electric space heaters account for more than 70 percent of all winter injuries and more than half of all property damages caused by heating fires. There are several different kinds of electric space heaters available: oil or water-filled radiators; fan-forced heaters, that blow hot air over hot metal coils; ceramic heaters, the blow air over a hot ceramic heating element; and an infrared heater, where the heat is created by infrared bulbs. Each of these heaters is different but they can all be dangerous if they are not taken care of properly.
- Before purchasing your new electric space heater
- It is important to research which brand and model unit is the safest.
- Look for a unit with both a tip-over and overheating protection mechanism. These protections are especially important if you plan on using the unit in a home with a child or pet that could knock over the unit.
- Look for a unit with a temperature control and automated shut off when it reaches your ideal temperature.
- Before plugging in the heater, make sure to inspect it to make sure it is not damaged and is safe to operate.
- Keep the unit at least three feet from anything that could burn like a bed or curtains and away from children, the elderly, and pets.
- Place the heater on a solid surface away from foot traffic.
- Never plug your unit into an extension cord and be sure to turn it off before going to bed or when leaving a room. Leaving an electric heater on unattended could prove damaging or even deadly.
As with any possible hazard in your home, it is important to have certain things on hand: a fire extinguisher, a safety plan, and SERVPRO of Chico/Lake Almanor’s emergency phone number. With these items on hand, your home will always be safe and in good hands!
SERVPRO of Chico/Lake Almanor
Contact SERVPRO of Chico/Lake Almanor. We will come in and identify the problem. When we leave, your home and your life will be back to normal. For more information on SERVPRO of Chico/Lake Almanor’s Services, call 530-899-9141.
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