How to Safely Use Space Heaters to Avoid Fires

space heaterSpace heaters are a great way to save money on heating costs in Rockford, IL, while still keeping your home cozy. In fact, many people use space heaters to warm small spaces in their bedrooms, at work, and even in their garage. Running a space heater does come with considerable risk, however, and if you want to avoid a fire and fire damage restoration, you must learn how to safely use a space heater before you ever purchase one.

How to Safely Use Space Heaters to Avoid Fires

Space heaters can provide a lot of comfort as well as relief from high utility costs. They also come with considerable risk, however, so it is important to learn how to run a space heater properly and safely to avoid a fire hazard:
  • Buy the right size of heater: If you buy a small heater and expect it to heat up a large space, you run the risk of the unit overheating.
  • Buy a space heater with built-in safety measures: Purchase a space heater that has an automatic shut off if it begins to overheat or if it is tipped over.
  • Keep the space heater out of reach of children: Keep the space heater in a location where your children cannot reach it to turn the heater on and so they cannot burn themselves.
  • Opt for an electric space heater: While there are still risks involved with electric space heaters, the risks are less than for a gas heater.
  • Place your space heater far away from other objects: Keep the space heater at least 3 feet away from walls, doors, and any other object.
  • Do not use an extension cord to plug in your extension cord.
  • Do not leave a space heater unattended: Turn off the space heater when you are leaving the house, or when you are going to bed.
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