Space Heater Safety Precautions
If you're planning on buying a space heater and are worried about it being a fire hazard, here is a quick guide including safety precautions you should take.
According to the National Fire Protection Association, a majority of fires in the US were a result of space heaters, with most of them occurring from December to February. The graph below shows the findings of fire damage restoration companies between 2012-16 with regards to fire due to heating equipment.
This shows that space heater safety training is essential to ensure you and your family's safety, so we're going to discuss some of those precautions.
- Avoid using extension cords for the space heater. Plug it in the wall directly.
- Check for a label on your heater suggesting that it is certified and tested.
- Read the manufacturer's instructions carefully before operating.
- Regularly inspect the heater for damage. Check plugs, wires, and the body of the heater. If you see any damage, don't use the heater.
- Don't leave the heater unattended. Turn it off and unplug when not in use.
- Place the heater on a flat, level surface.
- Don't let children or pets near the heater.
- Don't try to warm your bed with a space heater or cook food on it.
- Install smoke detectors in rooms throughout your home.
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Space heater safety is vital to avoid fire damage to your home or workplace. If you'd like to learn more about keeping your house safe, call Mammoth Restoration today at 609.859.5600 for advice on the right space heater for your place, or for fire damage restoration services!