Staying warm during the Minnesota winter can be a challenge. You may use a space heater for additional heat to stay warm and comfortable. However, misuse or damage to this equipment can lead to an electrical fire. Here are safety tips to protect you when using space heaters this winter.

Maintain a Three Foot Rule

When using space heaters in your home, you may want to maintain a three-foot rule from other people and objects and place the unit on a sturdy flat surface. This can help prevent accidental tripping over cords or tipping that can catch items on fire. In addition, use a space heater with built-in safety features like automatic shutoff during extended use to reduce the risk of potential danger. 

Stay Alert When Using Space Heaters

Leaving space heaters unattended can lead to an electrical fire. Place the unit out of reach from children or pets and turn it off when sleeping or away from home. Depending on the type of heater you have, there may be additional steps you want to take to protect yourself and your home. If you’re using a fuel-based unit, maintain air ventilation by opening windows slightly and installing carbon monoxide detectors throughout your home. Also, make sure the unit is in an area free from water exposure.

Inspect Space Heaters for Signs of Damage

Small cracks and dents can cause space heaters to overheat and catch on fire. Inspect the unit closely for signs of damage before use. If you suspect your heaters have been damaged, call an experienced electrical repair professional immediately for service. 

Professional Electrical Repair for Space Heaters and More

Vigilance with proper care and maintenance is essential when using a space heater in your home this winter. Finch Home Solutions provides professional electric repair and installation services for all your home’s needs in the Twin Cities area of Minnesota, including space heaters. Call to request service today.

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