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5 Ways to Stay Warm and Safe with Space Heaters
Cooler weather is on the way, so staying warm is on everyone's mind. With that being the case, many are starting to shop for space heaters. Space heaters are a great supplemental source of warmth that'll keep you comfortable on a chilly day. They heat rooms quickly and add to the room a little extra heating when you need it most. But it's important to bear in mind heater safety and how to use the heater so that you and your family can stay warm and safe at the same time.
Below are a few safety tips, following a few reasonable guidelines can help you to enjoy a safe warm winter.
1. Place the heater on a level, flat surface
It's important to place your heater on a flat level surface so that it won't tip over when in use. If the surface is unstable you risk the heater falling over and starting a fire.
2. Keep all combustibles at least 3 feet away from the heater
Space heaters need space. It's important to allow 3 ft. of clearance around the entire heater. Keep all combustibles away from the heater at all times. Clothing, draperies, paper and other household items should be kept away from the heater to avoid accidental fires.
3. Plug the heater directly into an outlet
Don't use any extension cords when plugging this heater in. Plug it into the wall outlet directly, and always make sure your electrical wall outlets are wired to meet the electrical requirements for the heater purchased.
4. Be sure to turn it off
Don't leave the space heater unattended. It's important to turn the heater off before going to sleep or leaving the room. Leaving the heater unattended can be dangerous.
5. Inspect the heater and the cord regularly
It's important to check the heater often to make sure it's in good operating condition. Look for any frays or breaks in the cord. If you see any damage to the cord at all the heater should not be used. Be sure to monitor the condition of the heater prior to every use.
A Little More Advice
- Always follow manufacturer instructions for safe and effective use
- Make sure there are working smoke alarms in the house
- Test them monthly and change batteries at least twice a year
- Hold home fire drills so there is an escape plan in practice
- Practice home fire safety regularly