Portable Space Heater Dos & Don'ts
During these winter months it is important to remember that the portable heater you keep by your bed or at your desk could cause a fire. Here is a list of “Do’s and Don’ts” to reduce the risks.
Portable Heater Do’s:
- Know your space heater. By reading the manual before use, you are more likely to know what to expect from the heater and be able to identify if something is seriously wrong with it or not.
- Location is everything! Place the heater where no people or pet will bump into it. If this is something you are particularly worried about, find a heater that will set off an alarm when it’s bumped over.
- Make sure to supervise pets and children when they use the heater. If the pet or child is a risk for knocking it over or playing with it, it might be best to place it out of reach in a spot where it won’t be bumped or set anything on fire.
- When you are asleep turn off the heater to avoid any accidents while you and the rest of your family sleep.
- Remember the three-feet rule. Heaters should be placed at least three feet away from any objects.
- Clean heaters are safe heaters. Make sure to routinely clean out your heater to prevent dust or dirt from collecting and burning up on the heat source.
- Plug the heater directly into a wall outlet. By illuminating the use of extension cords or power strips, there is less of a chance of a fire starting due to a secondary power source.
- Make sure that the heater is the correct size. Heaters that are too small may not give the desired effect, while heaters that are too large might pose a threat.
Portable Heater Don’ts:
- Don’t place heaters on anything flammable or that might have strands of fabric that could accidentally catch fire. Rugs, furniture, and wood surfaces are not suitable for heater placement.
- Leaving children and pets unsupervised around a heater should be avoided at all costs. Not only could they bump it and cause a fire, but if they touch a heater that is burning hot enough, they could end up with severe burns on their bodies.
- Moisture can cause burns, but could also ruin the appliance. Don’t handle a space heater with wet hands and avoid putting them in places where they may come into contact with water or any other liquids.
- Don’t let the cord of the heater get damaged. If the cord gets cut or frayed, you could end up dealing with an electrical fire.
- Space heaters are not meant to thaw pipes or dry clothing and should not be used for either of those purposes.
- Don’t leave space heaters on when you leave the room or the house. It’s better to come home to a cold house than to a house engulfed in flames.
By following these tips, you will be able to warm your house or business without any worry.
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If you do experience a fire, you can always contact SERVPRO® of Peoria to help with the cleaning and restoration of the damage. 309-637-7300