Winter is coming and with it the cold weather! A space heater can be a great way to warm up your home and stay comfortable during the winter months. However, there are many important safety tips to remember when using them.
In this blog post, we will discuss some of the most important space heater safety tips. Follow these tips to help keep you and your family safe and cozy this winter!
Never Leave It Alone
It's no secret that a space heater can be a fire hazard. For this reason, it is crucial that you never leave one unattended. If you must leave the room, make sure to turn it off and unplug the space heater first.
Additionally, while it may be a great way to stay warm through the night, make sure you don't leave the space heater on while you're sleeping.
Keep Kids and Pets Away
Another important safety tip is to keep kids and pets away from your space heater. It's easy for them to knock it over or get burnt on the unit. If possible, teach your children and pets to stay at least three feet away from the space heater at all times.
Ensure Proper Placement
When using a space heater, make sure it is placed on a level and sturdy surface, preferably the floor. Avoid placing it on rugs and carpets, or near flammable objects such as curtains, bedding, clothing, furniture, and towels.
Another crucial safety tip is to keep your space heater away from water. This includes avoiding placing it near sources of water such as sinks, toilets, and tubs. In addition, don't use the space heater in damp or wet areas such as the bathroom or laundry room.
Plug It Into a Wall Outlet
Extension cords are not meant to be used with space heaters and can easily overheat, posing a fire hazard. When using a space heater, be sure to plug it directly into a wall outlet for optimal safety.
Stay warm, cozy, and safe all winter long with these tips! If the space heater isn't cutting it and your HVAC system is in need of some help this winter, the AWS Plumbing, Heating & Cooling team is here to help! Schedule an appointment with our team today!