How Can You Minimize the Risk of Space Heater Fires at Home?
If you stop and consider the ways in which your Houston, TX, home may be at risk for fire, you could come up with a startlingly lengthy list. Near the top of the list of these potential causes is the dreaded space heater. A burned space heater can be a nasty culprit for disastrous fires. Understand how these heaters can cause fires and what you can do to eliminate the risks.
While it’s true that space heaters are common causes for fires and needed for smoke cleanup, reducing fire risks doesn’t have to be complicated. In fact, with a few simple steps, you should be able to avoid a burned space heater in most circumstances.
• Turn off your space heater if you leave the area for an extended period.
• Clean the filters regularly.
• Leave plenty of space around the heater.
Turn it Off
A space heater can be your best friend on a cold day if your furnace isn’t working well or if you don’t have one. You may be thinking leaving it on all day will help warm up your home faster and more effectively. However, this will only increase the likelihood of it having problems or starting fires. When you leave your home, or if you don’t plan on being in a certain part of your house for a while, always remember to turn off your space heaters when you leave the house.
Clean the Filter
Don’t put off this important step. Keep extra filters handy and replace them as they become dirty. When in doubt, consult your owner’s manual. It’s better to change it out unnecessarily than to leave it in too long.
Situate it properly
Don’t put your space heater in a cramped space or near blankets. Also, don’t plug in multiple space heaters in a single outlet.
If your space heater does cause a fire, get in touch with a professional smoke cleanup crew right away. However, if you follow these guidelines, you shouldn’t have to worry about fire or smoke concerns from a burned space heater.
Contact SERVPRO of Bear Creek today if you have questions about fire prevention.