Tips for Space Heater Safety in the Home
Posted on: January 6, 2016 by Aegis Security Insurance
In the winter months, space heaters are undoubtedly handy. However, whether you rent out your dwelling or reside in it yourself, it’s important to remember that these electrical appliances do have the potential to start fires. Not only should you obtain a Dwelling Fire Insurance Program to financially protect your dwelling and your assets should a fire occur, it’s imperative to follow these recommendations for safe operation and maintenance of space heaters.
Clear the Room
Create enough space for the heater to fit comfortably. Be sure to abide by the square footage recommendations to maximize safety.
Never place a space heater close to any water sources including spas, baths, showers, or sinks. Don’t forget to dry off completely before touching one, as well.
Space heaters should be placed on flat surfaces so as to prevent them from falling over. Never place them in high-traffic areas such as hallways or doorways where they could be easily kicked over by accident. Further, avoid placing them next to flammable objects and keep all other items at least 3 feet away at all times.
Watch for Overheating
If the space heater is left on for an extended period of time, check that the cord and faceplate of the outlet are not overheating. If they are hot to the touch, this indicates potential overheating and should be unplugged immediately. Before turning it back on, enlist the assistance of a professional electrician to check out the safety of the plugs, says eHow.
Never Leave Unattended
It is crucial to never leave space heaters on and unattended. Even if it is only for a short period of time, the risk of fire is still greater when left alone. To keep the warmth in, shut the door when leaving the room instead.
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