Learn How to Use a Space Heater as Safely as Possible
Believe it or not, fall is almost here and before you know it, winter will be here. Every year, we hear about fires started by faulty space heaters. While we recommend you find other solutions for your home, if you are going to use a space heater then we hope you will follow these steps to do so as safely as possible. If you have electrical needs this fall or winter, please call Sonner Electric at 661-728-0126.
Look at the Label to Assure Independent Certification
As you are looking to buy the right space heater, look at both the labels and the packaging. You want to find one that has been safety certified by some type of independent testing body. This could be the CSA, UL, or ETL. While the manufacturer will surely tell you that they have safety tested all their devices, it is much safer to choose an option that can be verified by independent testers.
Read the Safety Instructions on the Label and Follow Them
The safety instructions on the space heater’s label are not there for fun: They are there to keep you safe. Do not buy a small heater to heat a large room. Know if you are buying an option that uses electricity, natural gas, or propane, and the unique dangers that come along with whichever one you chose. For example, if you are using an electric space heater, you would never use it in a wet room such as a bathroom or kitchen.
Make Sure Your Smoke Detector and Carbon Monoxide Detector is Installed
This is important even if you are not using a space heater, but is doubly important if you are. Use your smoke detectors, use your fire alarms, and use your carbon monoxide detectors. Make sure they have new batteries. Make sure they are working perfectly. Test them every four months to ensure they are still in working order.
Choose a Space Heater with Automatic Shut-Off Features
When you buy a newer space heater, it should be equipped with a feature that automatically turns it off if it tips over, there is moisture, or it is overheating. Likewise, if you turn it on and you see it smoke, the light flickers, or it smells strangely, get it checked out before using it.
Be Careful Where You Place the Space Heater
It is essential that you place the space heater correctly. It should be on a floor that’s hard, level, and non-flammable. Do not put it on a counter or a table. Keep the space heater away from rugs, furniture, bedding, or curtains. Do not use a space heater in a space that has been recently painted or that holds flammable materials, such as a garage may.
If you feel you need a space heater this winter, following the above tips can keep you as safe as possible but remember that there are other options that can prevent the need to use a space heater in the first place.