Space Heater Safety

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With all the cold weather we've been experiencing lately, portable electric heaters (or space heaters) get used to supplement cold areas.  

People need to be aware of the inherent dangers that could occur while these devices.  Often people put them under desks or near walls and doors.  Most space heaters have short electrical cords.  There's a good reason that those cords are so short: they use a LOT of electricity which causes the cord to warm up, adding more resistance, meaning more power needs to get to the heater for it to work properly.  

When using a space heater, NEVER use a light duty extension cord (like you'd plug holiday lights into).  If you need an extension cord, it's best to use a robust, heavy duty extension cord.  Even better is don't use an extension cord at all.

Always position the heater away from walls, curtains, pets and confined spaces.  You don't want it to tip over.  NEVER fall asleep with the space heater on, if it has a timer, use it.  

Finally know that it should only be used as a supplemental heat source.  Make sure you have a fire extinguisher nearby, just in case.  

Be safe and stay warm!

 

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~ Wayne & Jean 

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Evelyn Johnston
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A timely reminder to be extremely care full during this cold time of year!

Jan 14, 2015 08:58 AM #1
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Hannah Williams
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Wayne and Jean Marie Zuhl  this is very useful information especially this time of year 

Jan 14, 2015 09:09 AM #2
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Beth Atalay
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Wayne and Jean Marie Zuhl, very timely post! Falling asleep can be  so easy yet extremely dangerous.

Jan 14, 2015 12:10 PM #3
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Thanks for the great advice Wayne and Jean, we don t use these in our house, but I know that one of my sons does so I passed this on to him.

Jan 14, 2015 01:17 PM #4
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Gabe Sanders
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This is excellent advice, Wayne and Jean.  Very appropriate for us in Florida where many use space heaters for those occasional cold spells that we get.

Jan 14, 2015 09:36 PM #5
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Robert Bob Gilbert
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Hi Folks, good post as each year there are fires involving space heaters and people die in these fires. All need to be reminded about safety when it comes to these heaters. 

Jan 16, 2015 06:08 AM #6
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Robert Bob Gilbert
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Hi folks, i am just stopping by to say hello and I hope you folks are having an excellent weekend. How is the weather back East? 

Jan 17, 2015 07:02 AM #7
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Robert (Bob) Gilbert , it's been very cold. Today was freezing rain, but thankfully the next couple of days will be nice.

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These provide good heat but scare me too. My mother-in-law used one and I was afraid she would fall asleep and forget about it. Thankfully she didn't.

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