5 Space Heater Fire Safety Tips: Protect Your Home Today!
Space heater fires are a significant cause of wintertime home fires as the temperature drops.
Space heaters are a popular way to keep warm during the chilly winter months. Though space heaters can be an effective and energy-efficient source of warmth, you will want to ensure they are appropriately used to prevent property damage, injury, and even death because of a space heater fire.
The professionals at SERVPRO of Downtown Atlanta know that home fires related to space heaters are most common during the colder months when space heaters may work overtime due to increased usage.
To help you stay safe this winter season, we have put together this blog post that will include five space heater fire safety tips. We want the residents of Atlanta to have a safe and warm winter, free from space heater-related catastrophes.
What are space heaters?
Space heaters are small appliances that provide localized heating to a particular space. They are commonly electric and use convection, radiation, or a fan to disperse the heat. Space heaters efficiently warm up an area without turning up the thermostat throughout the house. However, space heaters are only safe if used correctly; improper use of space heaters can lead to house fires and severe property damage.
5 space heater fire safety tips
- Keep space heaters away from objects that can catch fire easily, such as curtains, blankets, and furniture.
- Position space heaters on the floor and away from people—especially children—and pets.
- Do not cover space heater vents or block airflow.
- Unplug space heaters when they are not in use and before going to bed.
- Check space heaters for wear, frayed cords, damaged plugs, or other signs of malfunction.
What to do in the event of a space heater fire?
In the event of a space heater fire, the first thing to do is to turn off the space heater if possible and evacuate the premises. Once everyone is safely outside, call your local fire department and a fire damage restoration company for assistance.
The Atlanta fire department will ensure that the fire is extinguished and that the space is safe to re-enter. The fire restoration company you choose to hire will mitigate any damage caused by the space heater fire and restore your area to its original condition. When selecting a fire restoration company, you want to keep these things in mind:
- Their expertise in insurance repairs
- Their experience in fire restoration
- Their response time; you want to hire a company that will respond quickly and efficiently
- Their past projects and reviews
How SERVPRO can help in the event of a space heater fire emergency
When it comes to space heater fire emergencies, make SERVPRO of Downtown Atlanta the first fire restoration company you contact. Their IICRC-certified technicians will assess the fire damage and create a comprehensive insurance estimate that will include all the services needed to restore your home or business.
With years of experience, they know how to clean up any soot or smoke damage caused by the space heater fire. They will also sanitize the affected areas and use specialized equipment like ozone machines, thermal foggers, and air scrubbers to remove stubborn odors.
Once restoring the property, SERVPRO of Downtown Atlanta will provide you with a walk-through to ensure that all space heater fire damage has been addressed.
We hope the space heater fire safety tips mentioned in this blog post will help you stay safe for the remainder of this winter. Remember that practicing space heater fire safety is the best way to prevent space heater-related catastrophes.
The professionals at SERVPRO of Downtown Atlanta understand that space heater fires can be a very stressful and heartbreaking experience. We are here to help you when you experience a space heater fire emergency.
With the help of our professionals, you can get your property back to normal in no time. Please feel free to contact us at any time with any questions or emergency fire restoration services!