Space Heater Dangers

It gets cold in the winter, and every year, people break out space heaters, of all shapes and sizes, to help them heat up their homes. These little heaters do a pretty good job of heating a single room, but they can also be very dangerous. They are used by a lot of people, however, so it is very important to know and understand these space heaters and be aware of the threat to safety they pose to the unwary user.

Space heaters can run on a variety of energy sources, like kerosene, propane, or electricity. They can also come in a variety of types: radiant heaters, heater fans, and so on. All of these can be used for providing heat to a room and can be useful because of their small size and convenience of storage during warmer months.

These heaters can warm a small area quickly and efficiently, though radiant heaters are better at heating a focused area. Though these heaters do have some advantages, there are dangers involved in their use as well. They need to be kept a safe distance from any flammable materials, for example. Because they are so good at heating a small area quickly, if something is too close to them, it could rapidly catch fire and cause a devastating fire that could cost you your house… or your life.

Smoke alarms are a must when using a space heater, as they can alert you to a potential fire long before you would ever notice, giving you and your loved ones time to escape without being injured. Many modern space heaters are equipped to shut off if they get too hot or fall over, which can save both property and lives if this shut off device is working properly on the heater. If it is damaged or not working properly, the heater should be repaired or replaced before it is used again to prevent a potential tragedy from occurring.

These types of heaters may also release toxic fumes and gasses into the air, like carbon monoxide, that is hard to detect because they are odorless. Too much carbon monoxide can be fatal if inhaled, so care must be taken to use a carbon monoxide detector to prevent accidental suffocation.

Perhaps a better alternative to space heaters would be to invest in an HVAC or heat pump. These units put off no toxic fumes, and there is little risk of fire from a properly installed and maintained product. There are products out there that are easily affordable, and are much safer than the traditional space heater.

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