Electric Space Heater Safety Tips from JP Heating & Air Conditioning
In general, space heaters are used by people who want to heat up a small area of their home without having to turn on the furnace and heat the whole dwelling. However, as commonplace as these appliances are, they are sometimes used improperly and cause over 20,000 fires each year! In this post, JP Heating & Air Conditioning is going to discuss space heater setup and safety.
First, you should ensure that the space heater you buy has been tested and approved by a nationally recognized testing laboratory, including UL, CSA, and ETL. It’s also a good idea to look at the heater’s feature. You should go with one that shuts off under certain conditions, including overheating, low oxygen levels, and being tipped over.
Once you have purchased your electric space heater and are ready to put it to use, it’s important you plug it into your outlet directly as extension cords and surge protectors can cause overheating and fire. You space heater must also be kept at least three feet from flammable materials. Unless otherwise noted by the manufacturer, your heater should also only be operated on the floor (hard flooring being ideal). You never want to run your space heater in a moist or wet area such as a bathroom, as this environment promotes electric shock and even fire. Finally, always be sure to clean and inspect your space heater regularly as recommended by the manufacturer.
At JP Heating & Air Conditioning, the safety of our customers is incredibly important to us. And, while the use of a space heater can be a good way to cut costs during the winter, they can be dangerous. If you would like to learn more about space heater safety, click here to check out an infographic showing eighteen do’s and don’ts of using a portable heater.