Space Heaters Need Their Space
In the colder months many of us turn to space heaters as an additional source of comfort when the temperatures drop. The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) warns that while portable space heater devices do generate heat they also present potential fire hazards and must be used with caution. Half of all home heating fires occur in the months of December, January, and February.* Below are some safety measures to keep in mind before turning on your space heater.
- Buy a unit that is the correct size for the area you wish to heat.
- We are sure this goes without saying, but read all the instructions before plugging the space heater into the wall and turning it on.
- If you are taking the unit out for the season make sure you inspect it. Check the power cord for damage and be sure it isn’t hot to the touch when plugged into the wall.
- Don’t leave the heater on in an unattended room.
- Place the space heater on a hard, level, nonflammable surface.
- Keep a three-foot perimeter around the unit to help prevent a fire.
- Never place a space heater in wet or moist place such as a bathroom. This could lead to fire or shock.
- Be mindful of children and pets. They could easily knock over the heater or touch it causing serious harm.
- Consider unplugging the unit when not in use.
- Never leave a space heater on when you go to sleep.
Practicing good safety measures can reduce the risk of fire in your home, but keep in mind accidents can and do happen. If you find yourself in a fire situation SERVPRO® of The Andovers can help. We are available 24/7/365.