Space Heaters: A Quick Guide
After coming back from a cold and windy day, the only thing you want is to feel warm again. You turn on your space heater and stay there till you feel your body get warm and cozy, but it is important to know that all space heaters should be monitored regularly because it can be dangerous, if left unsupervised.
Here is some useful information to keep yourself and others warm and safe around a heater.
Some of the main risks of space heaters are fires, burns, and carbon monoxide poisoning. The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission estimates that more than 25,000 house fires every year are associated with space heaters. Data also shows that at least 6,000 people have suffered extreme burn injuries associated with heaters as well.
- Space heaters should be plugged directly in to the wall because using the wrong extension cord could spark a fire. Also, make sure to check these plugs often for cracks or damages to avoid any risks.
- Make sure to place your space heater away from flammable objects such as curtains, furniture, plastic materials, paper, gas or paint.
- Don’t let pets or children near the space heater.
- Never leave the heater on, always turn it off when you’re leaving a room or going to sleep.
- Wear mittens or winter gloves if you will be warming your hands near the heater. Once the heater is on full power don’t touch it because you could get burned.
- Place space heaters on flat surfaces. Never place them on cabinets, tables, furniture, or carpet, which can overheat and start a fire.
- Make sure your space heater has the label showing that it is listed by a recognized testing laboratory.
- Space heaters should never be used to warm bedding, cook food, dry clothing or thaw pipes.
It’s important to remember these tips – and that you can count on SERVPRO® of Southwest Lubbock 24/7 if you need us.