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Portable Electric Heater Safety

Portable Electric Heater Safety

Did you know that 80 percent of home heating fire deaths in the U.S. involve space heaters and that 32 percent of home heating fires are caused by space heaters? It's estimated that space heaters cause over 19,000 house fires, 360 deaths, and over 1,000 injuries a year.

Once a house fire starts it's only a matter minutes before it becomes life-threatening. By following a few safety steps when using a space heater you can avoid becoming a statistic.

  • Space heaters should never be closer than 3 feet to upholstered furniture, clothing, mattresses, bedding and other flammable material
  • Place the space heater on a hard, level and nonflammable surface
  • Keep space heaters away from exit ways, walkways and traffic areas
  • Keep children and pets away from space heaters
  • Don't use space heaters in wet areas like kitchens and bathrooms
  • Never leave a space heater running when you're away from home
  • Plug space heaters directly into a grounded wall outlet without adapters or extension cords
  • Choose a space heater with features like a built-in thermostat.  This shuts the heater off when the room temperature is met using a thermal cut out switch 
  • If you have kids or pets, a cool touch exterior can prevent accidental burns
  • Ensure there's a working smoke detector on every level of the home and test them monthly
When purchasing a new space heater, select a model without open electric coils.  Liquid filled radiant "soft heat" designs are safer than fan and heating coil designs. If a room is regularly heated with a space heater throughout the winter, consider installing permanent electric baseboard or ductless heating.

Cleveland Electrical Services

Clover Electric is known for professionalism, performance and integrity. Make your home a safer and more pleasant place to live with electrical systems you can rely upon. Some of our services include:

  • Commercial Tenant Improvements
  • Code Compliance
  • Inspection Report Corrections

In And Around The Home

 
  • Electrical Service and Repair
  • Add New Outlets/Switches
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Bath Fan/Heat Light Combination
  • Heated Towel Bar
  • Recessed Lighting
  • Fixture Hanging
  • New Dryer Hook-Ups
  • New Spa/Pool Hook-Ups and Lighting
  • Data/Communications Setup
  • Cable Hook-Ups
  • Lighting
  • Lighting Controllers
  • Programmable Lighting
  • Motion Sensor Lighting
  • Dimmer Switches
  • Exhaust Fans
  • G.F.C.I. Outlet Installations
  • Re-wiring
  • Service Upgrades
  • Old Panel Replacements
  • New Circuits
  • Dedicated Computer Circuits
  • House Grounding
  • Whole House Surge Protection
  • Transformers
  • 220V-240V Upgrades
  • Whole House Back Up Generators
  • Breakers & Fuses
  • Meter Boxes
  • Panel Repairs and Upgrades
  • Equipment Installations
  • Security Lighting
  • Dawn to Dusk Lighting
  • Smoke Detectors
  • Heat Detectors
  • Carbon Monoxide Detectors
  • Surge Protectors
  • Low Voltage Lighting Systems
  • Motorized Shades
  • Under Cabinet Lighting
  • Yard Lighting
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