At Anderson Heating & Cooling, we are always ready to discuss fire safety with our community. If you have space heaters for supplemental heating, it is crucial that you follow some safety tips to help prevent house fires this year.
Make Sure Your Smoke Alarms Work
If you use space heaters for heating parts of your home this winter, it is vital to make sure you have enough smoke alarms, and they all work. Check each smoke alarm monthly and replace the batteries every six months or sooner.
Do a Quick Inspection
Check out the space heater regularly to make sure that it still looks new. Also, check the cord where it connects to the space heater to make sure that it isn’t frayed or cracked. The plug should also look new.
Avoid Using Extension Cords
Extension cords and space heaters together may overheat. Therefore, it is important to plug a space heater in directly to the wall. If you cannot plug the space heater directly into the wall because the cord is too short, move it to another location or don’t use it.
Avoid Flammable Materials
Place a space heater at least 3 feet away from anything that can catch on fire. Even rugs are flammable and dangerous as a space heater can tip over or spark and cause the rug or curtains to catch fire. Ideally, there should be a 3-foot radius around a space heater that is free of all materials and flammable objects.
No Bathrooms or Kitchens
While it is tempting to place a space heater in a colder bathroom, there is also a higher chance of a safety hazard. A space heater can quickly get wet or even end up in a pool of water in a bathroom or kitchen, causing potential electrocution or sparks that may cause a fire.
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At Anderson Heating & Cooling in Oregon City, OR, we provide heating, indoor air quality, and ductwork services for your home. Our punctual team also provides services for water heaters, humidifiers, and smart thermostats. Contact Anderson Heating & Cooling for more information!