If you use a space heater in your home, you need to be aware of the risks involved. Space heaters are responsible for house fires, deaths and damage each year. The largest number of space heater caused fires are due to the heater being placed too closely to combustibles, including some types of flooring. In today’s blog, electric heaters and safety are discussed. Space heaters can overload a circuit due to the amount of electricity they pull. Breakers that trip frequently can indicate an overloaded circuit. Contact Mister Sparky for electrical wiring repair, or other electrical services.
Electric heaters are the only unvented heaters where carbon monoxide is not a risk factor. However, as previously noted, they do pose a fire hazard. Older electrical systems are less likely to have the capacity to handle the number of modern electrical appliances. Mister Sparky electricians in Huntsville, AL can inspect your electrical system, identify any problems and provide the necessary electrical wiring repair to ensure the electrical safety of your home.
Safety Tips for Electric Heaters
Use the following tips when using an electric space heater:
- Only purchase heaters with the Underwriters’ Laboratory (UL) or another reputable testing company certification. Certified and tested heaters will have safety features for reducing the risk of fire.
- Read the owner’s manual for guidelines in the use of the heater.
- Combustibles such as carpeting, rugs, furniture, drapes and other household items should be at least three feet from the space heater. Some require four feet according to the manufacture, check your manual.
- Place the heater on a level surface, and keep it away from foot traffic to reduce the risk of someone knocking it over.
- Plug the heater directly into an outlet if possible, and only use a heavy-duty extension cord that can accommodate the heater.
- A space heater should never be used as a source of primary heat. Over use can result in fires, and/or damaged wiring requiring electrical wiring repair.
- If you have pets or children, be vigilant about safety when using a space heater in their presence.
- Never position a space heater near a water source, such as a tub or sink.
- Turn the heater off when you leave the room. Don’t leave it unattended.
- Don’t use a space heater when sleeping. Cover thrown off the bed, and on the heater will cause a fire, and an extended hand can be burned.
- Remember to test smoke detectors monthly, and replace the batteries every 6 months with a good brand.
- Avoid the unnecessary waste of energy by choosing a heater with a thermostat.
- Ensure the heater you purchase has a tip-over safety switch, which will automatically shut the heater down if it is tipped over.
Following these guidelines will enable you to use space heaters safely in your home. To receive professional services such as electrical wiring repair, ceiling fan installation, outlet installation and much more, contact Mister Sparky licensed electricians today! Mister Sparky is a member of the BBB with an A+ rating.