Chilly nights...Stay warm and safe with these Tips when using a Space Heater
Chilly home office having you using a small space heater? It’s so tempting to crank up the little portable heater to warm you up, but space heaters account for more than a 1,000 home fires according to the Consumer Product Safety Commission.
The National Fire Protection Association puts this in a more sobering context: 43% of home heating related fires tragically end in fatalities.
Modern space heaters are safer and must be approved by an independent safety testing laboratory and display a UL safety seal. Safety features such as thermal shut-offs automatically cut power if the unit becomes too hot, but any electric appliance has the potential of being unsafe if not used in a safe appropriate manner.
Here are Tips to Remember to stay safe and prevent fires:
- Space Heaters should always be placed on a flat, level surface or floor.
- Keep away from flammables such as paper, pillows, bedding, matches and paints. USE THE 3 Foot RULE
- Keep away from fabrics such as draperies, tablecloths, furniture and rugs.
- Keep away from water sources. Best not to use in bathrooms or kitchens.
- Never leave the heater unattended. The US Fire Administration recommends keeping children and pets 3 feet away. Children and pets will react to heat, but not to a possible electric shock.
- Plug directly in an outlet. Manufacturers advise against using surge protectors and extension cords. Cords should not be pinched or stretched that could cause malfunctions or sparks.
- If possible use smart controls to turn off the space heaters remotely or with a timer. A Wemo smart plug is a great option and would be safe to use with a space heater of 15amp of 1800 watts of power.
While space heaters are 100% safer than in the past and continue to be improved for safety and functionality, they still have a heating element which could lead to a home fire.
SERVPRO of Bordentown/Pemberton wants you and your family to stay warm and safe. We are here if the unexpected happens and can guide you through any disaster and have your home or business back “Like it never even happened.”