Space heaters are a necessity in homes or offices where you need a more personalized temperature control that you just can’t get right through central heat or don’t have the ability to turn the air down (office buildings).
But when using a heating element you should always be cautious and follow these simple guidelines to avoid fire.
* Whatever type of space heater you decide to buy (electric, kerosene, propane) be sure it is certified and approved by a national testing laboratory such as Underwriters laboratory and has the UL symbol on it.
* Ensure the model you choose has a “tip switch” that will shut it off if it is knocked over or falls. All models should have this safety feature built in to their design.
* Keep in mind that space heaters are designed to provide small amounts of warm air. They aren’t bed warmers, cookers or clothes dryers, so never try to use them for anything other than helping warm a room.
* A space heater should never be placed closer than 3 feet to any curtains, bedding or furniture.
* Never leave a space heater unattended. Turn it off when you’re leaving a room or going to sleep, and don’t let pets or children play too close to a space heater.
* Ensure there is a guard around the heating element or flame area, so little fingers can’t get burned.
* Make sure you put your heater only on a hard, level non-flammable surface. Never on carpets or a rug that could catch fire.
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