During the cold months, many people opt to turn off their heat and only use a space heater where they need it. This can be a good way to save money on your heating bill, but can also be very dangerous; around 25,000 home fires start with a space heater, which means certain precautions need to be taken. Our heating service experts recommend following these tips:
Keep it on the floor
Don’t put your space heater on top of tables or any other furniture where it could tip over. Keep it level and on the floor.
Don’t leave it unattended
If your heater ever malfunctions and you’re not in the room, you could end up with a house fire. Also, don’t leave your heater on while you’re sleeping.
Allow three feet between other objects
Keep other objects at least three feet away from the space heater to avoid heat damage to the items and prevent the space heater from overheating.
Check it for faulty wires
Regularly check your space heater to make sure the wires are in tact and not fraying or faulty.
Use the right fuel
If your space heater requires a liquid fuel, only use the type of fuel that the manufacturer recommends. Using another type could cause a serious fire.
Avoid using extension cords
Many extension cords can’t handle the amount of power that a space heater puts out and can be a fire hazard. If you need to use an extension cord, make sure its power rating is at least as high as the one on the heater.
Don’t use it near water
Like any other electrical appliance, don’t use your space heater near water. You could not only cause electrocution, but could also cause a fire.
Look for overheat protection
Before you buy a space heater, look for one that has overheat protection and will automatically shut off if it gets too hot.