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Proper Use of an Electric Space Heater To Heat a Room

2/28/2020 (Permalink)

Space Heater Never plug a space heater into a power strip or an extension cord

Follow These Tips To Keep Your Home Warm

An electric space heater is an alternative to your home’s heating system because it warms a small area for overall greater cost-efficiency. However, improper use can not only result in a burned space heater but also a burned house. Space heaters cause thousands of avoidable house fires each year. Follow these tips to keep your home warm while dodging a disaster of your own.

Position It Three Feet Away

The heater should be positioned at least three feet from anything flammable. This includes drywall, curtains, furniture, papers, and clothing. Also, don’t let children and pets come into contact with the heater. They could tip it over, which could cause a fire. It can also be a tripping hazard.

Plug It Directly Into a Wall Outlet

Never plug a space heater into a power strip or an extension cord since overheating can occur and start a fire because of a high current. Plug the heater directly into a wall outlet by itself.

Avoid Leaving It Unattended

Avoid using the heater when you’re not in the room. Be especially mindful to turn it off when you leave the house or go to bed.

Turn It Off When Not in Use

Make sure to unplug your heater when it’s not in use. There’s a chance that it could accidentally be turned on if it’s left plugged in. Carelessness can result in a burned space heater – or more.

Purchase One With Auto-Shutoff

Make sure that you buy a heater with an automatic shutoff function. This safety function forces the unit to shut down if it tips over. It should also automatically turn off after a certain period of time.

Place It on a Proper Surface

Place the heater on a non-flammable surface. Make sure the surface is flat and level.
With portable electric heaters being the leading cause of home fires, it’s important to monitor your unit closely when it’s in use. If your Cele,TX, home has experienced damage from a burned space heater, fire damage cleanup professionals will handle all aspects of the fire and smoke cleanup.

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