During the cold, winter months your furnace is working hard to keep you and your family warm. Most homes have one room in the house that always seems to stay a little cooler than the rest of the house. When that happens, many people turn to space heaters to provide a little extra warmth during the coldest times of the year. If you’re using a space heater it is important to know about the safety risks of using them. Here is a list of the most important things to know if you are using or plan to use a space heater this winter.
- Do NOT plug your space heater into an extension cord or power-strip. Doing this increases the chance of overheating, which can cause a fire.
- Do NOT place your space heater within three feet of anything that can burn. This includes rugs, pillows, curtains, etc.
- Do NOT place your space heater on carpet or uneven surfaces. The best place for a space heater is in an open space, on a flat surface.
- Do NOT leave your space heater unattended. Always unplug and store your space heater safely if you are leaving your home.
Follow these simple safety tips to keep you and your family safe and warm during the winter season. Modern space heaters are much safer than the older models. Many newer models are certified by one of the three major testing organizations and have features like automatic shutoff, tip over protection, a shut off timer, and adjustable thermostat. If you’re noticing that you have to use your space heater more often then you should, it may be time to give us a call. Airtech can inspect your furnace and make any repairs needed to help keep your family warm during the winter.