5 Electrical Safety Tips For This Winter Season
The National Fire Protection Agency reports that electrical fires are the leading type of home fires in the US, where roughly half involve equipment like portable or stationary space heaters. In order to avoid electrical hazards, follow the heater manufacturers’ instructions first! You can also follow these tips below to help reduce your risk of an electrical fire this holiday season.
Don’t Plug Space Heaters into Extension Cords or Power Strips
Space heaters should never be plugged into a power strip because the power strip is not designed to handle the high current that space heaters require. The high current passing through the power strip can cause it to melt, burn, or even catch on fire. Plugging the space heater into a wall outlet is the safest option. Avoid plugging anything else into the same wall outlet as the heater.
Space heaters are meant to put out a lot of heat and can cause furniture, like sofas, to light on fire. Firefighters recommend leaving a minimum of three feet around the space heater at all times. Avoid placing a heater on any surface that can overheat and start a fire like a cabinet, table, or carpet. The best place to put a space heater is on a flat, level surface that will not overheat, like tile or hardwood floors.
Read the other four electrical safety tips from Landmark Home Warranty: https://www.landmarkhw.com/resources/electrical/5-electrical-safety-tips-for-this-winter-season/3/2572
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