Safe Space Heating
By: Danny LipfordPlay | Download (Right Click, Save As...)
As the cold weather starts to intensify, people begin to look for ways to supplement their heating systems. A space heater may be a good way to do that, but you have to make safety a priority anytime you use one of these things.
First, make sure the heater is certified by a recognized testing lab, like Underwriters Laboratories.
It should have a thermostat, so you don’t run the risk of over heating a room, and a “tip switch” to turn the unit off if it accidentally gets turned over.
The heater should be set up on a flat, level surface that isn’t within three feet of bedding, drapes, or other flammable materials.
Finally, don’t let children or pets play around the heater. And never leave it running when you leave the room or go to sleep.