Sometimes, during the colder months of the year, you might want to add an extra layer of heat in your home. And while a portable heater might seem like a wise, viable choice, there is a small cause for concern: they can be dangerous to use.
Now, whether you’re using one of these devices or you’re looking to purchase one, here are some things you’ll want to mindful of:
How Can Portable Heaters be Dangerous?
Can be Flammable
One of the biggest dangers of using a portable heating device is that it may be highly flammable if placed in the wrong section of your home. For example, if you put the unit near any furniture (especially if it’s draped in fabric) or by long, flowing curtains, one false move and they have the chance of catching fire.
Of course, you’ll want to make sure that if you do use a portable heater, it’s far away from any of those furnishing in your home. Another essential tip to keep in mind is that portable heaters should always be kept out of reach from pets and children.
Can Cause Burns
Another huge risk factor of using a portable heater is that it can cause bodily harm to pets and children. Since these devices become very hot to the touch, if your animal lays near it (because they do like feeling warm) or your child touches the heating element, that can cause severe burns — a nightmare for any parent.
Before setting a portable heating device in just any section of your home, make sure that not only is it away from flammable objects (as mentioned before) but that it’s out of reach from your children and pets. This way, you’ll be able to eliminate a potential problem and keep everyone out of harm’s way.
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