If only space heaters could chase away those winter blues. Winters in Minnesota can be brutal, which may cause you to bring in reinforcements – space heaters. Space heaters are a great way to add a few degrees onto the thermostat during a winter storm. Yet, space heaters are also a hazard to your home if used incorrectly. Stay safe and cozy this winter with these easy to follow safety tips for space heaters:

Cardinal rule: Unplug when not in use

Space heaters often cause fires and other disasters when they are left unattended or used for extended periods of time. It’s important to note that space heaters are only a temporary heating option for homeowners during the winter months. If your home is constantly uncomfortably cold, it’s time to call in the professionals. In addition to always being attended, space heaters should also be unplugged when not in used.

Take time to inspect the plug

The plug on a space heater can tell you a lot about its life expectancy. If a plug on a space heater is cracked, frayed, damaged or loose it’s best to not use the space heater. Faulty wiring can cause a fire that could quickly spread throughout your home.

Not all space heaters are created equal

When adding a space heater into your home, it’s essential to note where an ideal spot is to space the unit. Space heaters should not be in high trafficked areas where they are at risk of getting tipped over. Moreover, space heaters should always be placed on a flat surface and a surface that cannot overheat. Examples of surfaces that can overheat and start a burn are cabinets, tables, furniture and carpet. If you are able, purchase a space heater equipped with a tip-over switch. This is a safety feature that turns off the unit immediately if it becomes unbalanced and falls over. This prevents numerous fires from occurring.

Staying warm this winter shouldn’t result in a safety hazard. Stay safe and cozy by making sure that you properly use space heaters and keep you and your home safe. As always, if you are in need of an emergency heat repair, call your electrical experts at Nies Electric today.