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Safety Tips For Using Electric And Combustion Room Heaters

Dec 16th 2015 at 2:56 AM

When it comes to using room heaters, it’s important to keep in mind that these appliances can be dangerous if used incorrectly. In fact, they are one of the leading causes of fire in the home. To ensure that your home and property is protected against these sorts of mishaps, we have shared some important safety tips that should be kept in mind at all times. It’s possible to use heaters to keep your home warm without them becoming a hazard.

General Tips
The following list of tips should be employed for all room heaters, no matter the type or the fuel source.

  • These appliances should be kept at least 3 feet away from furniture and other combustible materials (such as curtains) at all times. They should also never be placed directly on carpet or rugs.
  • These appliances should be located on a hard, level surface where a child or animal cannot accidentally brush up against them.
  • Never leave a heater on is there is not a responsible adult present in the room. In other words, never leave it unattended.
  • Never leave flammable liquids near these appliances (such as alcohol and many different cleaning solutions).
  • Mobile homes (such as caravans) should only use vented combustion or electric heaters – any others are unsafe.

Electric Tips
The following list of tips should be employed only for electric heaters, which are plugged into a wall socket.

  • If an extension cord is required, ensure that you use a heavy-duty one of 14-gauge wire or larger.
  • Ensure that you’ve purchased a heater with a tip-over safety switch. This will turn the appliance off if it topples over.

Combustion Tips
The following list of tips should be employed only for combustion room heaters, which are gas powered.

  • Never use unvented appliances inside the home, as they can produce harmful substances (such as carbon monoxide and nitrogen oxide) into the air that you breathe.
  • Follow the manufacturer’s directions when it comes to refuelling and use only the fuel source that has been approved.
  • Never go to sleep with these heaters on, as the carbon monoxide levels could rise and prove to be fatal.
  • If possible, choose vented and sealed appliances, as these are the safest to operate indoors. They operate more efficiently because they don’t draw heated air in from the room.
  • Ensure that there is a guard around the heating element or the flame area to prevent children and pets from touching it.

We hope that you employ as many of the above safety tips as are relevant to the type of room heater you own. Coupled with some common sense, we’re sure that your family and property will be kept warm and safe over the winter. If you are worried that there is something wrong with your heater, ensure that you stop using it immediately and either have it looked at or replace it. Don’t put the safety of your family at risk just to save some money. Visit here to know more:

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