Space heaters have gained the reputation of burning down homes and being a terrifying purchase for many homes. However, despite all the scary tales of space heaters, why do they keep selling them if space heaters are supposedly so dangerous? We’re here to help you decide if a space heater is a purchase you should consider this upcoming winter.
Dispelling The Myth
So are space heaters dangerous? Yes and no. The most significant danger when purchasing a space heater comes from the owner and how they use the device. Most accidents with space heaters are caused by negligent owners that ignore safety precautions leading to dangerous house fires.
Space heaters can make a great gift for people who tend to always feel cold around their home or want to make a room or home office feel a little cozier. With the proper precautions, you can make the most out of your space heater, and luckily we’re here to show you how you can avoid burning down your home this winter.
Space Heaters Compliment Heating Systems
Before purchasing a space heater, do bear in mind that this device should only be used in addition to your home’s heating system and not as a replacement. If your furnace does not adequately heat your home, or you have issues with uneven heating across your home, buying a space heater should not be your first choice.
Space Heater Placement
The best way to avoid a fire in your home is to know where you place your space heater. Even though it may feel cozy to have your space heater by your bed or next to you on the sofa, please avoid putting the device near furniture. Space heaters should be at least 3 feet away from flammable objects.
Being Mindful Of Your Space Heater
When using your space heater, do not leave the device unattended. If you are going to use your space heater, you need to be present to avoid any potential fires because the device can get hot fast, and you want to avoid any potentially flammable objects getting near the machine.
If you need to leave your home, make sure to turn off and unplug your space heater before leaving. You wouldn’t leave a gas stove running when you went running errands, so you shouldn’t leave your space heater running either.
Inspecting Your Space Heater
The best thing to do with your new space heater is to inspect any damaged cables and always plug the device directly into an outlet. Avoid daisy-chaining extension cords to extend your space heater’s reach; you may just be creating potential electrical fires.
The best safety measure against potential electrical fires this winter season is getting your home’s wiring inspected. At All Electric Services we can help check your outlets and make sure your new space heater won’t cause any issues. Call us at (407) 890-7782 today, and our expert electricians are ready to help answer any questions you may have.