As the temperatures drop, space heaters become a tempting solution to supplement your home’s heating system, however they pose serious safety risks. An estimated 25,000 home fires are caused each year by space heaters.
The above picture shows what a space heater can do to your outlets. Thankfully this customer stopped using the outlet and heater and called us before a fire broke out! If you do use space heaters, please be sure to follow these safety tips.
- Never use an extension cord to plug a space heater in. They should always be plugged directly into a wall outlet.
- Never overload the outlet your space heater is plugged into. Consider having your friendly neighborhood electrician install a new outlet if yours is overloaded or in an inconvenient area.
- Never leave a space heater running unattended.
- Always place space heaters on hard level surfaces at least 3 feet from anything flammable. Never place them on carpet.
- Make sure your home has an adequate, tested system of smoke alarms.
Consider an alternative to space heaters, such as a ductless hyper heat system but if you intend to use space heaters contact us to have one of our friendly neighborhood electricians make sure it’s safely connected and not over burdening the circuit it’s plugged in to. We can also upgrade your home’s smoke and carbon monoxide detectors!