1. Only Use Items Intended For Heat
Experts advise against using a propane grill or kitchen oven to stay warm because materials in or near those devices could ignite and create a fire. While it may seem like a good idea to use your oven or grill for heat, these items are not intended to be a heating source. Cooking is a great way to add heat to your home, however, you shouldn't rely on it for an alternative heat source.
2. Carefully Inspect Space Heaters Before Use
Typically, space heaters are only used for a few months out of the year. Because of this, it is important to make sure that it is in good condition before you start using it. Ensure the cord is not frayed and it is free of any dust before plugging it in.
3. Regular Maintenace
If you have a wood or pellet stove or a fireplace, it is important to have them inspected annually. These inspections can help prevent fire hazards, such as an animal nesting in your chimney during the off-season. Having your chimney swept before the beginning of each season can help ensure it is in proper working order, as a professional can also spot the signs of other issues.
4. Keep An Eye On Space Heaters
While there are some devices that are safe to be left on while you're out, space heaters should never be left unattended, especially if you have kids or pets. It is also best to leave at least three feet of clearance between the device and any flammable material, such as plants, paper, bedding or curtains. Because of these issues, it may be better to pile on the blankets at night rather than run a space heater while you sleep. You may be tempted to have the space heater next to the bed at night, however, having a blanket or quilt fall off the bed or get too close to the heater could lead to a fire.
At Royal Heating & Air, our goal is to keep you and your family safe and warm all winter long. If your furnace or heat pump isn't working to your standard this winter, call Lake of the Ozarks best heating and cooling company at 573-480-4313. We will work hard to make sure your main heating source is up and running in no time!
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