Warm up your home this winter with a heater. Heaters are great appliances that can keep the chill away from your home. There are many different heaters you can have but whichever one you choose, you need to make sure it is safe.
Why Heater Safety is so Important
When the weather gets colder, you may want to use a heater in your home. While a heater is great for the home, these appliances can be a hazard so it is important to understand how to use them safely. Heaters are one of the most common causes of house fires leading to death or injury and damage to the property.
Not only are heaters a fire hazard but they can also be dangerous in other ways too. For example, you may be at risk of an electrical shock or even burns to your skin or burns to furniture and other items.
How to Ensure Your Heater is Safe to Use
There are ways to make sure the heater is safe and common visual signs that you should look out for. Here are the best ways to make sure your heater is safe:
Check the Cord – Before using your heater you should check that the cord is not broken or frayed especially if the heater has been in storage. Never plug in a heater with a damaged cord.
Check Cleanliness – You should not allow dust to build up on your heater. Keep your heater in the best condition and clean it regularly.
Never Leave Unattended – When the heater is being used, you should make sure that someone is in the room. Never leave the heater unattended. You should never go to bed or leave the house with the heater on as you wouldn’t be able to act if there was a fire.
Keep Away from Furniture – Your heater should be placed on a flat surface that is away from all furniture and curtains. The fabrics on furniture and curtains can catch fire easily so keep them away from the heat.
Check Gas Heaters – If you have a gas heater then there will be different signs to look out for. You should be aware of yellow flames, difficulty lighting, strange smells and any unusual noises. Gas heaters also need servicing twice a year. The heater should be checked before the winter.
How Apex Air conditioning Can Help
At Apex Air conditioning we can help upgrade old heater systems and advise you on what is better and more energy efficient for your whole family. We can discuss commercial air conditioning and we also offer air conditioning maintenance. You also have the option of reverse cycle air conditioners and ducted air conditioning that has both hot and cold features. These efficient appliances can make your home cooler in the warm summer months and warm during the winter with one unit.
Want to learn more about how reverse cycle units can benefit your family? Contact Apex Airconditioning today!