Are space heaters a fire hazard?
It's generally suggested that space heaters be placed at least 3 feet away from furniture, window treatments, bedding, clothing, rugs, and other combustibles. These items can cause a risk of fire if they come in contact with a unit's electric heating element or too-hot surface.
Do not leave your heater running overnight while you sleep. Wear long sleeves and layer up on blankets. Leaving a heater on overnight or unattended not only creates a potential safety risk, but it can also dry out your skin and nasal passages. As with any portable heater, it's essential to use the devices safely.
- There are several common symptoms associated with a bad or failing thermostat that will alert you that service is due.
- Temperature gauge reading very high and engine overheating.
- Temperature changing erratically.
- Coolant leaks around the thermostat housing or under the vehicle.
- Another indication may also be leaking coolant which can be caused by the thermostat not allowing coolant to flow when it is stuck in the closed position. This can eventually cause other coolant hoses to leak as well resulting in coolant often times leaking on the ground under your vehicle.
- A bad radiator cap can which allows the coolant to escape. A bad sensor can give incorrect readings and causes the warning light on the dash to come on. A blocked radiator can cause problems in the flow of the coolant, which could also cause the sensor to give an incorrect reading and force the light to turn on.
“Heating fires and the deaths they cause can usually be prevented with awareness and a few simple actions.” The leading factor contributing to space heater fires in general was heating equipment too close to things that can burn, such as upholstered furniture, clothing, mattress, or bedding.
- Have your furnace and fireplace cleaned and checked before each heating season. Only use fuel-burning space heaters in well-ventilated areas. Electrical space heaters pose no danger of carbon monoxide poisoning, unlike those that burn fuels, such as kerosene.
- -If you use your space heater on a power strip or extension cord, you have a much HIGHER RISK OF FIRE. -Never use an extension cord on a any type of space heater. -Space heaters draw heavy amperage and should always be plugged directly in to the electrical wall outlet.
- A space heater is a device used to heat a single, small area. In contrast, central heating is used to heat many connected areas, such as all the rooms in a house. Portable space heaters are usually electric because a permanent exhaust is needed for heaters which burn a fuel.
Plug space heaters directly into a wall outlet. Do not use an extension cord or power strip, which could overheat and result in a fire. Do not plug any other electrical devices into the same outlet as the heater.
- Your SoftHeat controllers have 3-prong plugs, so use only a 3-prong extension cord or power strip with your heated blanket. Extension cords can overheat and cause fires IF they are overloaded. Use the shortest extension cord you can find that will reach the wall outlet from your electric blanket controllers.
- Electric arcing of a broken electrical conductor, igniting combustible materials. However, in certain makes and models of electric blankets there may be a third cause of a fire. Overheating of an electrical component of the product, other than the heating element, to the point of igniting combustible materials.
- Currently, the claims that the low frequency EMF exposure is safe are based on the fact that there is no direct evidence showing that certain sources of EMF exposure are safe (or unsafe). However, harmful effects of EMF radiation are not limited to cancer.
Updated: 2nd October 2019