Heater Safety

Wednesday, December 31, 2014

With the high price of heating a home in winter, many people are looking for alternatives to stay warm. These can be very dangerous unless you take the proper safety precautions. Dr. Edward Hill discusses heater safety in todays 60 Second Housecall.

Dr. Hill:

Many people try to stay warm by using portable heating equipment in their homes. Unfortunately, many discover that using heaters carelessly can cause serious damage, injuries or even death.

Kerosene heaters should not be used in a room where there are flammable solvents such as aerosol sprays, lacquers, gasoline, kerosene containers or any type of oil. Heaters should have safety cages to keep small children and pets from being burned. Kerosene heaters should be turned off before you go to sleep because they produce deadly carbon monoxide gas. You should have adequate ventilation to other rooms, and a source of fresh, outside air. Allow your heater to cool before refueling and only refuel outdoors.

Electric heaters should have a tip-over switch that shuts it off automatically if it turns over. Keep space heaters away from draperies, blankets, sofas and other combustibles. Never use electric space heaters in the bathroom. Electric heaters with frayed or damaged cords should never be used, and avoid using extension cords.

For North Mississippi Medical Center, Im Dr. Edward Hill.