How To Use Space Heaters Safely

Posted: February 21, 2022

Keep Safe… While Keeping Comfy and Warm!

space heaters north carolinaWhen temperatures dip for extended periods, sometimes you need a little extra help keeping warm. Maybe an addition or sunroom in your home isn’t heated well by your main heating system. Maybe your home is older and drafty or not well-insulated. Or maybe you’re spending time working in a poorly heated space.

If any of these instances hold true, you likely use a portable space heater to keep the chill under control. It’s actually a great choice! Indoor propane heaters can be much more efficient at heating spaces quickly compared to other options, such as electric space heaters. But make sure you are using your supplemental heating device safely. Used incorrectly, there can be some significant risk.

In general, look for units with an automatic shut-off feature that turns the unit off if it begins to overheat or if it tips over or is on an uneven surface.

Here’s how to make sure you’re as safe as well as comfortable.

  1. Check the unit for damage before you use it the first time each season.
  2. Make sure your propane space heater is specified for indoor use. NEVER use an outdoor propane heater for an indoor space.
  3. Keep heaters at least three (3) feet away from drapes and furniture, as well as papers, pillows and bedding, and flammable materials like paint, solvents, and matches.
  4. Don’t leave the unit on if you leave the room. Children and pets can knock it over.
  5. Don’t leave it on while you sleep. Use an extra blanket or quilt.
  6. Make sure you have a carbon monoxide detector installed and check the batteries.
  7. Be sure you know the smell of propane and understand propane safety.

Looking for a safe and efficient way to supplement your heating system? Rand Wade Oil carries a range of space heaters including portable indoor heaters, wall-mounted indoor heaters, forced-air indoor heaters, and radiant indoor propane heaters! We also sell and install propane log sets for the charm of a fireplace without the mess. And for outdoor use we have propane pace heaters for spaces like garages and porches.

Contact us or stop by our showroom today for more information.