In this article, we study about safety tips for electrical heater. About 25,000 house fires and 300 deaths are attributed to space heaters every year. They are mostly caused when a heater is placed too close to curtains, bedding, or upholstered furniture. In addition, many people end up in the emergency rooms with burns from touching a heater’s hot surface.
Safety Tips for Electrical Heater
1. Buy certified space heaters
- Make sure the heater carries a safety certification label from an independent testing organization.
2. Keep heaters away from objects and people
- Electric heaters generate lot of hot air by converting the electrical energy into heat.
- This makes them dangerous for the pets and the children as they can get the electric shocks or serious burns by accidental contact with the appliance.
3. Shutoff features
- The smart sensor that automatically shuts off the heater when it overheats is a must.
4. Ground fault circuit interrupter (GFCI) plug
- Most space heaters do not come equipped with the GFCI plug, which prevents the electric shock.
- Heaters without CFGI should not be used around water, manufacturers advise.
5. Sturdy cord
- Lot of space heaters come with a cord that’s 6 feet long.
- To prevent the overheating, never use the extension cord or the power strip with an electric heater.
6. Do not over load the socket
- Never overload a socket where electric heater is plugged in.
- Plugging the space heater in the same circuit along the other electrical appliances into the receptacle will create excessive heat in the circuit and may start the electrical fire or a short circuit.
- This could lead to the damage to the costly appliance and an electrical system of the house.
7. Plug directly into the wall outlet
- Always try to avoid using the extension cords and plug your room heater directly into the electrical wall outlet.
- Electric heaters draw lot of power and using the extension cord increases the chances of overheating, electric fires, or the shock injuries.
- Even you if need to use an extension cord, make sure it is appropriately rated and sized for heavy appliances.