Space heater safety tips by an electrician


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4. Look for automatic shutdown features: Newer models of space heaters have automatic shutdown features that will cut off power to the space heater if it flips over, feels damp, or overheats. And if you smell or see smoke or the lights flash when the heater is turned on, turn it off and contact Root Electric for help. Where to place a space heater Placing a space heater is also essential for safety. Make sure your space heater is placed on a solid, non-combustible floor, not a counter or countertop. Keep it away from furniture, carpets, upholstery, and curtains (at least 3 feet). Do not use fireplaces in areas where paint or flammable materials (workshops and garages) are used. Also, do not use heaters in children’s bedrooms and avoid pets and children at all times. Unplug it when you are not being observed: Don’t use a space fireplace overnight or when you are away from home. Turn off the controls, hold the plug and pull straight out when disconnected (do not pull the cord). Check the wire frequently for damage and do not connect space heaters to power strips – plug them directly into a wall outlet. Space heater controls: Keep in mind that space heaters can consume a large amount of energy. So much so, that if used incorrectly, it can trip in circuits and use more power than plugged into your home. So instead of running it at full capacity, run it at half power (750 watts, usually) so it doesn’t burn the electrical circuits in your home. If you have any questions or concerns about your space heater, please don’t hesitate to contact Root Electric Northern Virginia for assistance. We can help you choose the right space heater for your space and inform you of the energy settings your home can handle. Most of all, we just want you and your family to be safe! So call us: (703) 494-3989.


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