January is just around the corner and that means the worst of the cold weather will be coming with it. It can be a bit of a shock to the system after months of mild temperatures. You will want to be ready to get that extra blast of heat in order to keep you comfortable. Before you get toasty warm with your space heater, you will need to take a few precautions to ensure you are using it safely. A Glendale electrician is here to give you some tips about using a space heater this winter. You can call H Electric for more information.
There are a number of different types of heaters you may have. Some are safer than others, but these are universal tips that can be applied to every type of space heater. One thing many people don’t realize is that every electrical appliance will need room to vent. Most heaters either vent out the back or under the appliance. This is usually warm air and can be warm enough to start a fire if it is pushed too close to a wall or furniture. If the heater is not properly ventilated, it can overheat and start a fire as well.
It is recommended there is at least three feet of space between the heater and any object in the room. This allows plenty of ventilation and will allow the heater to do its job. Before you plug in the heater, the cord needs to be expected by yourself or an electrician. Glendale residents will need to check the entire length of the cord to inspect for any frayed wires or evidence of rodent chewing. Do not use the heater if the cord is damaged. It is extremely risky and simply not worth it. If you would like to learn more about proper space heater usage, give H Electric a call today.