While portable space heaters are undeniably convenient, they can also be extremely dangerous. Each year, portable space heaters cause roughly 21,650 house fires and more than 1,500 fire-related injuries and deaths. Follow these safety tips to stay warm and stay safe this winter.
- Ensure that your space heater has a label of safety certification from an independent testing company, such as certification from CSA International, the ETL label from Intertek or the Underwriters Laboratories UL mark.
- Look for any damage to the space heater and repair or replace it if you find anything wrong. Safety compromising damage includes power cord cracks, fraying, broken plugs and loose connections. It’s generally not recommended by manufacturers to use extension cords with space heaters.
- Keep the space heater at least 3 feet away from children, pets and flammable objects. Flammable objects include furniture, bedding and curtains.
- Never use space heaters in children’s rooms, on uneven surfaces or in high foot traffic areas of the home.
- Never use a space heater while you are sleeping and do not leave a space heater unattended.
- Fuel-burning space heaters are more dangerous than electric and should be reserved for use during an emergency, such as a winter power outage.
- Only use a heater on a tabletop if the manufacturer specifies it. A space heater could fall if it is placed on top of furniture.
- Moisture can damage space heaters. Do not place them in wet or damp areas such as bathrooms or outside unless they’re designed for such use.
- Never use space heaters near paint, gas cans or matches, and always maintain a clear air intake and outlet.
- Keep the heater’s electrical cord above rugs or carpeting so you can step over it and avoid abrading it underfoot.
Please share these helpful tips with family and friends to prevent unnecessary fire-related accidents. For more information on space heaters or for furnace repair in Las Vegas, contact Windy City air today.