Louisville Ky Home Inspection Tip of the Week: Space Heaters

It is that time of year again that we get those electric heaters out of the basement, dust them off and plug them in.  However; please remember that there are news stories every year where a space heater was left unattended and led to tragedy. Please follow some basic rules when using a space heater:

  1. Look for one that is listed with a nationally-recognized testing laboratory, and make sure the brand you’re buying has passed all infrared heater reviews in a positive maner.
  2. Purchase a heater with a guard around the heating element.
  3. As much as we like to remove something from the box and plug it is, please read and follow the instructions for its operation and maintenance.
  4. You should not use an extension cord with an electric heater.
  5. Never run the heater’s cord (or any cord) under rugs or carpeting as says. The cord could overheat causing fires.
  6. Do not leave the heater operating unattended or operating while sleeping. These heaters are for use when attended and only intended for use as a backup, not a main heat source. 
  7. Do not have the electric heaters near water.
  8. Keep small children away from the heater. They may tip it over or touch the elements. 
  9. As always do not use the heater as a dryer for clothes.
  10. PLEASE MAKE SURE YOU HAVE OPERATING SMOKE DETECTORS!