TIPS TO KEEP YOUR HOUSE & OFFICE SAFE
A report released by the National Fire Protection Association showed that a majority of fires were a direct result of space heater use, with most occurring from December to February. Here is a graph showing the number of fires between 2012-16 sorted by equipment type.
Firefighters and property damage restoration services all over the world agree that the lack of space heater safety training is why many of these accidents occur. It is important to familiarize yourself with the many different types of space heaters, as well as learn how to safeguard yourself from the threats they can potentially pose.
KEROSENE SPACE HEATERS
Kerosene space heaters are very common, but, since they release carbon monoxide, there have been occasions when they led to suffocating people in their sleep. These can also pose a fire hazard, as the flame is open and can catch on to flammable items in close proximity to the heater.
PROPANE SPACE HEATER
These are mobile, cost-effective, and clean. They exude no residue, and you don’t have to worry about paying a monthly bill, either. However, propane is stored in a liquid form and is highly pressurized. If dented or ruptured, propane can lead to an explosion.
NATURAL GAS SPACE HEATERS
Gas space heaters are more expensive to install than electric heaters, but are most cost-affective. Gas space heaters have a shorter life span- 10 to 20 years- than electric ones. The potential problems with gas heaters are the release of carbon monoxide and possible gas leaks, both of which could lead to a fire.
ELECTRIC SPACE HEATERS
Electric space heaters are much safer than any other type, but that is not to say they don’t pose a risk. These heaters cost less initially, but end up costing more in the long run because of the operation costs. One cause for concern with these heaters is that of a malfunction or exposure to liquids. Furthermore it’s important to avoid using extension cords with electric space heaters as the cords could overheat and result in a fire.
Ceramic space heaters have the added benefits that their exterior cases don’t get hot, and they are relatively quiet. These are best suited for heating up smaller spaces, rather than large rooms. This type of heater is often reported as having a very low risk of causing fires.
These can be bulky, heavy, and slow heaters as they require longer periods of time to heat-up and cool-down. Despite their name, they are run by electricity, not oil. These cannot be touched with bare hands when operating and are slow to circulate heat since there is no fan. On the positive side, these units are very efficient and allergen-free. Since they have no exposed heating elements, they have a low risk of causing a fire.
Space heater safety is vital to avoid fire damage in your home or workplace. If you’d like to learn more about keeping your house safe, call us today for advice on the right space heater for your place, or for fire damage restoration services!