Although most of the winter has passed us by, there are still some cold days ahead. You may need a space heater to warm an unheated area, provide a stop-gap while the furnace waits for repair, or simply add a little more heat in a drafty home. These small units meet a specific need. They also have a few drawbacks which should demand your attention and monitoring for safe use. Here are a few tips to remember when you turn on that heater.
Provide A Safe Barrier For Kids And Pets
A space of at least three feet around the space heater will protect your children and pets from burns. It also will prevent tipping, which can cause fire or heat damage. Even if the fire doesn’t ignite, carpets and hardwood will scorch.
Keep Household Items Away
Don’t set your heater near your furniture, drapes, or other household items. Again, a three-foot perimeter will help prevent mishaps. Those drapes may not be near the heater now, but when the cat goes through like a whirlwind, and the drapes flutter, can they catch on the space heater? Be very intentional in placement. Look at the area. Consider anything which moves. Your three-year-old may throw the pillow on the floor when she climbs up onto the couch. If it can land near the space heater, place it elsewhere for now.