It's that time of year again – the cold weather is starting to creep in, and you're probably looking for ways to stay warm. If you're like many people, you may be considering using a space heater as your main source of heat. While space heaters can be a great way to stay warm, there are some important things to keep in mind before relying on them. In this blog post, R. Brooks Mechanical will discuss the dangers of using space heaters and provide some tips on how to stay safe and warm this winter.
The Dangers of Space Heaters
Space heaters are a leading cause of house fires. According to the National Fire Protection Association, space heaters cause thousands of house fires each year. That's why it's so important to take precautions when using a space heater. Some safety tips to keep in mind include:
Always buy a space heater that has been tested and approved by a recognized testing laboratory, such as UL or ETL.
Check the cords on your space heater regularly to ensure they are not frayed or damaged. If you see any damage, replace the cord immediately.
Never leave a space heater unattended. Turn it off when you leave the room or go to bed.
Keep children and pets away from space heaters. They can easily knock them over, which can lead to a fire.
Never use extension cords with space heaters. If you must use an extension cord, make sure it is rated for the wattage of the space heater.
Place your space heater on a level surface, away from flammable materials such as curtains or furniture.
Following these simple safety tips can help you stay safe this winter. If you decide to use a space heater, remember to take precautions and always keep safety in mind. However, if you have any questions or concerns about your current heating system, feel free to contact R. Brooks Mechanical at (855) 912-6489.