Space heaters are wonderful for supplementing an insufficient heating system and for cutting the operating costs of an inefficient furnace. However, space heaters do have a number of safety hazards associated with them namely fire, burns, and carbon monoxide poisoning. The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission estimates that 25,000 residential fires and 300 deaths occur every year as a result from space heaters. Now, this doesn’t mean these products are death-traps and should never be used. Rather, it stresses the importance of proper use and safety precautions.
Space Heater Safety Tips
- Fire Extinguishers, Smoke Detectors and CO Detectors: Always keep a functional fire extinguisher, smoke detector and CO detector on the same floor of your home as the space heater. Make sure the detectors have batteries and your family members are aware of the fire extinguisher placement and trained in its use.
- Teach Your Children to Respect the Heater: Space heaters can cause very painful burns. The inquisitive nature of children and a hot space heater do not mix! Make sure your children understand that it is not a toy.
- The Heater’s Cord: Never use a space heater if the cord is frayed, bare, or old. This is a serious fire hazard.
- Space Heater Placement: Keep the heater at least 3-5 feet from anything combustible. Keep it in the open, yet out of the way of foot traffic.
Instead Stick to a High Efficiency Furnace
Space heaters can be very cheap, effective, supplemental heating tools. However, as explained above, these machines have many safety hazards associated with them, and the risk to your family and property may not be worth the few extra dollars. Instead consider a new Lennox High Efficiency Furnace. They are incredibly cheap to operate, very safe, and will last you nearly thirty years. Invest in the safe home heating products of the future with Four Seasons. Call us today!