With cold weather upon us in Baltimore, and winter fast approaching, usage of electrical appliances is increasing particularly with regards to portable space heaters. It’s easy to see why these appliances have become so ubiquitous: they’re relatively inexpensive and can provide heat to a small room saving you the expense of turning on the heat for the whole house. However, if used improperly portable space heaters can be very dangerous. The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission estimates that more than 25,000 residential fires every year can be attributed to portable space heaters. Farnen & Dermer, your Baltimore plumbing, electrical, and HVAC company, is here with some tips on portable space heater safety.
Keep Them Clean
One of the most overlooked, but vital, aspects of portable space heater safety is cleanliness. Dandruff, dust, and debris can be potent fire starters if left unchecked. We recommend cleaning portable space heater fans at least twice a year when not in use, and every couple of weeks when in regular operation around your Baltimore home.
Three Feet Rule
Keep any portable space heaters at least 3ft away from any flammable materials including furniture, draperies, or long carpeting. A vast percentage of portable space heater fires in Baltimore are caused by placing the heater too close to flammable materials.
Plug Into Outlet
Not all cords are created equal. Portable space heater safety guidelines suggest plugging your space heater directly into an outlet to avoid using an extension cord that is not safely rated to carry the consistent current, or stand the heat that a portable space heater produces.
Check for Recalls
Some portable space heaters, particularly older models, have been subject to recalls. Check online listings to make sure that your portable space heater has not been recalled.
When setting up a new heater make sure to read any included instructions, follow any warning labels, verify that your Baltimore home’s electrical grid, and the wires you’re plugging into are rated high enough to safely carry the required current to your portable space heater.
Want to Know More? Need Safe Electrical Maintenance?
Call Farnen & Dermer. At Farnen & Dermer were more than happy to talk to you and help with a portable space heater, or other electrical safety issues and maintenance in your Baltimore home, as well as provide any additional plumbing, heating, or HVAC information and service. Farnen & Dermer is located in Central Maryland, and we provide service, repair, and maintenance to customers throughout the state. If you have any questions about portable space heater safety or wish to schedule an appointment, call us at (410)-902-0020. You can also use our online contact form. You will be contacted by a member of our support staff within 24 business hours.
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