3 Space Heater Safety Tips That Will Prevent a House Fire

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Loudoun County residents are no strangers to cold winter weather. However, many are ill-prepared when it comes to practicing heater safety in order to prevent fires.

But before assuming you already know how to protect your home, consider this: improper use of heating equipment contributed to 56,000 fires that resulted in 470 deaths, 1,490 injuries, and $1 billion in direct property damage — just between 2009 and 2013. Those are scary numbers.

Fires occur more in winter months than at any other time of the year. Before starting up your home furnace this season, make sure you’re following these three heater safety tips:

Never Use an Extension Cord with a Space Heater
Electric space heaters are great for providing an affordable way to heat just one room or supplementing an inadequate heating system. But they can also be a serious fire hazard. If you use an electric space heater, make sure to plug it into the wall directly. Using an extension cord with a space heater can cause it to overheat and start a fire.

Don’t Let Clutter Pile Up Around Your Heater
This might seem like common sense, but you must keep the space around any vents or radiators clear, particularly items that are combustible. Hanging clothes to dry on your heater is always a bad idea, too. And, placing furniture in front of your heater can cause the heat to become trapped and build up to dangerous levels.

Change the Batteries in Your Smoke & Carbon Monoxide Detectors Regularly
Smoke and carbon monoxide detectors only work when they’re properly installed and have fresh batteries. Make sure the batteries in your detectors are fresh and that the devices themselves are still working. If your smoke alarm is over 10 years old or it does not sound when tested, change it immediately. It’s also a good idea to make sure you have an alarm installed in every room on every level of the home, including the basement.

To ensure maximum protection against house fires, it’s best to have your heater inspected by a Loudoun County heating repair specialist. To have your furnace, boiler or heater system checked, schedule an appointment with the experts at John C. Flood today.

John C FloodWith more than 100-years of experience serving the DMV area, John C. Flood provides excellent plumbing, air conditioning, heating, and electrical services! Their experience, expertise, and reliability make them the area’s go-to for homeowners and renters needing maintenance, repair, and service on a variety of HVAC and plumbing needs!

Plus, it’s easy to book an appointment online, and John C. Flood will put you on their convenient list of check-up customers, so you’ll always have regular inspections and catch plumbing problems before they grow! Call them today at (703) 752-3901 and mention "DULLES" for 15% off your first service call!

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