We know that during the fall and winter season there are a lot of people who use space heaters. Some rely solely on space heaters to for heat in their home; others use space heaters to heat specific rooms that seem to never warm up; and others use them so they can turn the thermostat down and save a little money. Whatever the reason, when you utilize space heaters, it is of vital importance to follow the safety guidelines set out by the manufacturer. We have compiled for you some important things to remember this fall and winter when using your space heaters.
1. Always keep space heaters at least three feet away from any household combustibles such as paper, wood, plastic, and any obvious flammable chemicals such as cleaners.
2. Unless absolutely necessary, do not use extension cords with your space heater. It should be plugged directly into the power source rather than an extension cord or a power strip.
3. If possible, only use space heaters that have an automatic safety switch. This is designed to shut the space heater off in the event it is accidentally knocked over.
4. Never, and we mean never, leave a space heater turned on when you leave the home. If you plan to leave your home, make sure every single space heater is turned off. Many families have lost everything, including their home, due to space heaters. We recommend if you plan to leave a room or area for any amount of time that you shut down that heater.
5. Only use space heaters that have been tested to the latest safety standards. It should have a UL mark, or another reputable testing company’s mark.
6. Heaters should only be used on hard, nonflammable, flat surfaces; such as the floor, but not on rugs or carpets. Do not place space heaters on furniture and keep them away from curtains or bedding.
7. If you have a liquid-fueled space heater, use only the fuel recommended by the manufacturer. The wrong fuel could burn hotter than the equipment was designed for and cause a serious fire.1
8. When refueling, turn off the heater and let it cool down completely before adding fuel. Wipe away any spills promptly.1
9. Before you buy a kerosene heater, check with your local fire department to ensure that it is legal.1
10. And as always, be sure that you have working smoke and carbon monoxide detectors in each room, especially ones where you are operating space heaters. This will allow you to know quickly if something does go wrong with your space heater.
We hope that no one has any trouble from space heaters this fall and winter season. Please keep these safety tips and guidelines in mind or even post them on your fridge as a reminder. For any information about Anchor Heating and Air Conditioning or to schedule an appointment, please give us a call at 770-942-2873 or contact us on the web: www.anchorac.com.