Thinking of Using a Space Heater This Winter?

Space Heaters sure have come a long way. But you still need to operate them safely. Here are some suggestions to make your Space Heater usage allot safer.

  • DO use a space heater that has been tested to the latest safety standards and has been certified by a nationally recognized testing laboratory.
  • DON’T leave a space heater on while sleeping or gone from your home.
  • DO make sure you place your space heater at least a minimum of three feet away from drapes, furniture and flammable items.
  • DON’T use an outdoor heater indoors. The fumes alone are harmful.
  • DO keep pets and children away from space heaters.
  • DO make sure your smoke alarms are working properly. And if possible get a Carbon Monoxide Detector as well.
  • DO make sure that the Space Heater has a thermostat that automatically shuts down when it reaches the requested temperature.
  • DO make sure your Space Heater has an automatic shutoff when it tips over.
  • DON’T plug your Space Heater into an extension cord, plug it directly into the wall receptacle.
  • DON’T use Space Heaters in wet areas such as kitchens and bathrooms.
  • DO check the plug and wire while Space Heater is use to see if they are hot. If so, unplug immediately.
  • DO make sure that when using the Heater, it is level.

Portable electric Heaters have the potential to ignite combustible materials like curtains, beds, sofas, paper and clothing. To protect yourself and your family from fire, use your Space Heater wisely and if unsure contact your local Fire Department. And share the Space Heater Safety DO’s and DON’T’s with your family and friends.

Here’s to a Warm and Safe Winter, from Rhymes Heating and Cooling, a Ryan Family Tradition trusted by St. Louis homeowners since 1926.

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