During the winter months, we are all desperate to stay as warm and cozy as we can. In order to stay warm in winter months, you might need something more than your standard home heating system. Many people use a variety of heating units in winter months, including space heaters. Space heaters are a convenient heating unit that provides plenty of warmth in small spaces.

Most space heaters run on electricity while others are fuel-fired. Regardless of the type of space heater, the large majority of them can get extremely hot. You should always have your space he heater on a flat surface, primarily on the ground, and far from anything that could catch fire easily.

Unfortunately, fires happen frequently during winter months and many of them are due to the improper use of space heaters.  There are several different ways to safely utilize the convenient heat from a space heater:

Keep the Little Ones Clear

First and foremost, keep children away from the space heater. You should be teaching young children about the dangers of space heaters as soon as they are old enough to understand. Educating children on fire safety is very important.

Set Up is Important

Make sure that you keep your space heater at least three feet away from flammable materials such as curtains, bedding, toilet paper, towels, and other flammable items.

Let It Be Alone

You should not plug a space heater into an outlet where other electrical appliances are plugged in. Too many appliances plugged into one outlet result in overheating which can also result in electrical fires.

Turn It Off

You should never leave a space heater running while you are asleep or while you are not home. It is important that you focus on turning it off whenever necessary or purchase one with one safety features such as an automatic shut-off option.

If you want to protect your residential or commercial space from fires, contact Davis-Ulmer Fire Protection Systems. We are your full-service fire protection company serving New York and surrounding states.