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When cool weather starts we want to stay warm any way we can. For some people, a space heater provides the extra warmth they need either at home or in the workplace. However, not all space heaters are safe or energy efficient. Older space heaters may not be suitable for use anymore and should be disposed of properly. Newer models have better safety features built in such as turning off automatically if tipped over. Following is a check list for making sure that your space heater is both safe and efficient.
- Only purchase heaters which display the UL mark on their label. This is an organization which tests for safety.
- Never leave a space heater on when you leave the room or go to bed.
- Make sure your space heater is clean of dust and that the cord is not damaged or frayed.
- Don’t use a space heater in a wet area or around water.
- Keep everything at least 3 feet away from the space heater, especially blankets, pillows, clothing, curtains etc. Also keep it at least 3 feet away from the wall.
- Do not use an extension cord to plug in your space heater.
- Keep kids and pets away from the space heater so they don’t get burned, or make sure you buy a space heater that does not get hot to the touch and is safer around kids and pets.
- Read and follow all manufacturer instructions for your space heater.
Remember to call Peter Needham Electrical with any issues you may have with your heating, cooling or electrical. Peter services residential as well as commercial properties. Peter and his crew are experts!