In recognition of fire prevention week occurring October 3rd through the 9th, we want to talk a bit about space heater safety. While a space heater can be used to provide you with warmth and comfort throughout the colder months of the year, space heaters also cause 32 percent of house fires in the U.S. This shouldn’t deter you from using them. You just need to make sure that you’re using them properly.
Turning the Unit Off When Not in Use
You should only have your space heater running while you are present and nearby. When it comes time to leave that room, you should always turn off your space heater. To ensure that it remains off, it’s a good idea to unplug the unit entirely.
Pay Attention to Location
The location of your space heater can make a big difference in how safe your unit is. Make sure that it’s located on a flat surface that doesn’t pose any risk of the unit tipping over. You should also think about keeping your heater out of areas that are highly trafficked. A person could walk by, bumping into the unit without noticing that it moved or tipped over.
Practice Safe Distancing
Space heaters should be kept at least three feet away from any other objects or surfaces in the room. Don’t place the heater directly next to a couch, chair, piece of furniture or wall. Many units will oscillate, which can pose a risk if you’re not paying attention to the direction of the space heater.
Inspect Your Heater
If you put your space heater away for the warmer weather months, always inspect the unit when you bring it back out. Make sure the cord isn’t damaged or frayed. Ensure the heat is coming out at the proper temperature. Check for any smoke coming from the unit when it’s running.
If you would like to learn more about space heater safety or other fire prevention strategies that will help protect your family and your home in the Bossier City area, you can contact Central Aire Heating & A/C, Inc. at your convenience. We offer a variety of heating and cooling maintenance, installation and repairs. We can also help you assess and improve your indoor air quality using purification equipment.