How to Be Safe When Using a Space Heater

Sometimes a new furnace or ductwork just isn’t in the budget in time for heating season. Many people then rely on supplemental heating from space heaters. These tiny, but mighty gadgets can be a convenient source of heat when you’re in a pinch. Unfortunately they can also increase the risk of electric shock or fire hazard if used incorrectly. So the team at Getzschman Heating & Air Conditioning put together these safety tips to keep in mind this winter when using your space heater.

Do’s for Using a Space Heater Correctly

  • DO read the manufacturer’s instructions and warning labels carefully before using a space heater.
  • DO make sure your space heater has the label verifying that it is listed by a recognized testing laboratory.
  • DO make sure your space heater is placed in the proper place. Heaters must be kept at least three feet away from anything that can burn, including papers, clothing and rugs.
  • DO inspect heaters for cracked or broken plugs or loose connections before each use. If frayed, worn or damaged, do not use the heater.
  • DO unplug and safely store the heater when it is not in use.

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Don’t Do This With Your Space Heater

  • DON’T use space heaters to warm bedding, cook food, dry clothing or thaw pipes. They’re only meant for supplemental heating.
  • DON’T 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.
  • DON’T ever place heaters on cabinets, tables, furniture, or carpet, which can overheat and start a fire. Always place on level, flat surfaces.
  • DON’T plug space heaters into a power strip or extension cord, which could overheat and result in a fire. Do not plug any other electrical devices into the same outlet as the heater, instead plug them into a different wall outlet.

If you find yourself needing a space heater this year, call the G-Force experts at 402-235-6727. We can either help you fix the problem with your furnace, or help you find an affordable furnace solution for a more comfortable Omaha winter this year.