Follow These Safety Tips When Using A Space Heater

Posted on: 18 April 2016

Space heaters provide a great way to heat up small areas of your home at a time. You might not have central heat or just want to heat up your office while you are working. Here are some safety tips you need to follow if you have a space heater.

Check For Damage on the Heater

Before you plug in or turn on a space heater, make sure it is in good condition. The heater itself should not have any cracks or signs of damage, as this could potentially put you at risk for a fire or electrical hazard. Also, pay close attention to all the connections, plugs, and cables of the space heater. You should also not plug in any electrical device with a cord that looks frayed or damaged, as this is a major electrical hazard. If you notice issues with sparks or a hot outlet when plugging in the heater, contact an electrician right away.

Never Leave it On When You Aren't in the Room

You should only be using a space heater when you are in the room and awake. It is very dangerous to leave it turned on when you leave the room or the home for an extended period of time. If you are using the space heater in your home office and leave to bring your kids to soccer practice, turn off the heater until you return home. It only takes a few minutes to heat back up when it is turned on, so this simple action makes all the difference. You also never want to go to sleep with a space heater turned on. Leave it on until you are about to go to sleep, then turn it off and use lots of blankets to keep warm.

Keep Space Heaters Out of Areas With Water or Moisture

Make sure you are careful when choosing where to use space heaters. They are safe to use in most rooms, including bedrooms, living and dining rooms, offices, and even in covered porches as long as there is no way rain could affect it. However, you should not use them in rooms that have a lot of humidity, moisture or water. This is a major electrical and fire hazard. Never place a space heater in a basement, bathroom, or kitchen. When choosing where to place it, also make sure it isn't close to other sources of heat, such as water heaters, furnaces, or fireplaces.

For further assistance, contact local professionals, such as those from Economy Air Systems Inc.