Produce heat, not fire in your McKinney, TX home.
In order to save money in the winter months, many people will opt for a space heater rather than heating the whole house. These nifty, free-standing heaters instantly produce heat and save on heating costs.
If you have one of these in store for the upcoming winter season, remember to use it responsibly. After all, it’s a moveable heat source – many things could go wrong!
When choosing a space heater, consider how it will be used. Whether you are using it as a supplement heater for colder rooms or emergency heat, remember to select a unit that is listed or labeled by a nationally recognized testing labs such as UL (Underwriters Laboratories). This means that the heater’s construction and performance meet safety standards.
Aim to get a space heater that has specific safety features such as automatic switch off when overheating, during low oxygen levels, or touch sensor for fire prevention.
You’ve purchased the space heater! Place it on the floor and at least 36 inches away from any flammable and combustible materials. Electric heaters should be kept out of wet or moist places, like bathrooms, as water could lead to a fire or shock hazard.
Natural gas or propane space heaters should not be lit if you smell gas. Smoking around heaters will also increase the risk of fire. When using a fuel-fired space heater in an enclosed area, it is a good idea to leave a window or door partially open to allow fresh air to circulate, preventing the carbon monoxide buildup.
To help make your winter even safer, it is highly recommended that you test your smoke alarm and carbon monoxide detectors before using the space heater. If needed, replenish their batteries for maximum efficiency.
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