Many homes across the U.S. have space heaters as a way to supplement heat to areas that just don’t get warm enough from the traditional HVAC system. While you can get quick and clean heat from a space heater, they can pose some danger if you’re not careful. Each year, as many as 1,200 house fires are caused by space heaters. Let’s take a look at some of the ways you can prevent space heater fires in your home.
Always Unplug Your Heater When Not in Use
If you’re done using your space heater, make sure it is turned off and unplugged. Unplugging it ensures it won’t accidentally get turned on and won’t be left on.
Pay Attention to the Location of Your Heater
A space heater should be located on a completely flat surface, away from edges where it could fall from. You should also keep your heater away from hallways or other areas that are highly trafficked.
A space heater should have a few feet of empty space around it when it’s running. It should be kept away from furniture, bedding, blankets and papers.
Inspecting Your Space Heater
A space heater tends to be a rather affordable item, and it can break down over time. Check your heater periodically to see if there are any issues with the wiring, cord, switches or unit itself. If you notice a problem, have the unit repaired, or you can replace it entirely.
For more fire safety tips and to learn about the different heating and cooling services that we provide, contact us at Bill Lea Service. We can provide you with a routine inspection of your HVAC system before the weather gets colder, make any repairs that are needed to your heating and cooling equipment and even clean your ductwork for improved air quality.