Safety Tips for Using Portable Electric Heaters

LDR HeaterMany homeowners purchase portable electric heaters for use on cold winter nights. However, some of these homeowners fail to take the necessary precautions. When it comes to using portable electric heaters, not only do you need to worry about the threat of fire, but you also have to keep in mind the risk of carbon monoxide poisoning. Here are a few safety tips for using portable electric heaters.

Tip-Over and Overheat Protection

If you're in the market for a portable space heater, you should look for models with overheat and tip-over protection. A heater with the tip-over safety feature will turn off if it's tipped over, no matter what. This feature is especially useful if you are planning on using the portable electric heaters in areas with children and pets. The overheat protection feature will turn off the heater if it overheats. This feature uses a temperature sensor to detect if internal components are too hot. If you're always worried about fire when using your portable electric heater, these safety features will give you some peace of mind.

Check for Safety Issues

Before you use your space heater for the first time this winter, you should inspect it for any safety issues. Check for loose connections and cracks or breaks in the plug. Do not use the heater if the plug is worn, frayed, or damaged in any way. You should frequently clean and wipe down your space heater to ensure the safety of your family. The accumulation of dirt, dust, and other debris can pose a fire hazard. Wiping down your space heater will also reduce the amount of allergens dispersed around the room.

Keep Your Heater Away from Water

You want to keep your portable electric heater away from water as much as you possibly can. Unless the space heater was especially designed to be used in damp spaces, you should not use the heater in the bathroom or a humid basement at all. If you happen to be wet, take care not to touch the heater. This is especially true if your hands are wet. Water coming into contact with the portable electric heater can not only cause fire, but it can also cause electric shock.

Use an Outlet

No matter how tempting it may be to use an extension cord, you should plug the portable electric heater into an outlet. Of course, the outlet should have sufficient power capacity. If you use an extension cord, there is a greater chance of electrical shock injuries, overheating, and fire. If you absolutely must use an extension cord with the space heater, you should use one rated and sized for use with the portable electric heater. If you don't take the necessary precautions, using a portable electric heater in your home can be a huge hazard. Fortunately, it's not hard to keep you and your family safe from the possible fire and carbon monoxide hazards of space heaters. Just follow the tips above and you can have peace of mind when it comes to safety.
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