Space heaters can be an amazing source of warmth and comfort if they are used properly. However, they can also be incredibly dangerous if certain safety guidelines are not followed.
Space Heater Stats
Every year, 25,000 homes catch fire and 6,000 emergency room visits occur due to space heaters. According to the National Fire Protective Association, one third of all home fires nationwide occur during cold home heating months which are mainly the months of December, January and February.
Residential Space Heater Safety Tips
Below are some safety suggestions if you or anyone in your household is using or planning on purchasing a space heater in the future:
- Purchase a heater that has a safety certification label.
- Make sure your space heater is appropriate for the size room you plan to use it in.
- Don’t overload your home’s circuits.
- Keep the space heater at least 3 feet from any flammable items, such as draperies, blankets and sofas.
- Always keep kids and pets away from the space heater.
- Keep all liquids like fuel, spray cans and paint away from the heater.
- Verify the electric heater is in good condition and all wires seem to be connected properly and are not frayed or torn in any way.
- Never leave pets or children in front of a space heater.
- If the ground fault circuit interrupter (GCFI) trips, have it inspected by a professional.
- Never leave the space heater unattended. Turn it off if you leave the house or room.
If you have a heat emergency, or you need your furnace inspected, contact one of our Atlanta residential heating and air specialists today to assist you.