3 Safety Tips for Space Heaters

As temperatures drop, you may use a space heater to heat the colder areas of your home. Space heaters can cause a significant fire hazard if not used properly, so follow these tips to ensure your safety:

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1. Never Leave a Space Heater Unattended

A space heater should only be used if you’re in the room with it, as it’s easy for issues to occur suddenly. One of the most important aspects ofExternal link opens in new tab or window HVAC safety is to ensure you’re able to respond to potential safety hazards immediately. Even if you’re elsewhere on the property, you may not have enough time to react if something goes wrong with your space heater and you aren’t close by.


Of course, this means you should never leave a space heater turned on while you’re outside the property either. Similarly, don’t risk dozing or falling asleep while you’re using a space heater, as you would be unable to respond to any safety threats.


2. Place Heaters Properly

Where you place a space heater can have a big impact on how safe it is. You should always follow the guidelines in the relevant user manual but, in general, space heaters should only be placed on level flooring, as this reduces the chances of the heater toppling over and causing a fire.


In addition to this, space heaters should not be placed in high traffic areas or close to objects. It’s easy for things to overheat or catch alight if they’re situated too close to a heater, so be sure to keep a good distance between your space heater and other objects, including furniture, curtains, and blinds.


Similarly, it’s essential to keep children and pets away from space heaters when they’re in use. The U.S. Fire Administration recommends that children are kept at least 3 feet away from space heaters, although placing a space heater even further away from youngsters is always a good idea.


3. Ensure the Outlet Can Handle the Voltage

Space heaters should only ever be plugged into wall outlets, as using an extension cord or timer can increase the chances of overloading the circuit. However, you’ll want to ensure that the outlets in your home are equipped to handle the voltage of your space heater before you attempt to use it.


Furthermore, you should check that the power cord from your space heater isn’t too long or too short. If it’s too short, the proximity of the heater to the wall increases the risk of fire. Conversely, a cord that’s too long may end up being wound up, pinched, or hidden from view under carpets and rugs. This is particularly dangerous as it prevents excess heat from escaping and increases the risk of flames igniting.


Keep Your Home Safe with HVAC Systems

Although safety heaters can be a good temporary option, they do pose significant safety risks. Due to this, you may want to upgrade your HVAC system to ensure you have access to sufficient heating. By eliminating the need for a space heater, you can enhance the safety of your home and enjoy total peace of mind. Contact Bear AC & Heating for repairs or External link opens in new tab or windowair conditioning installation in Montgomery, TX.