As the air starts to cool, you’ll be setting the temperature higher on your thermostat and getting the space heaters out of storage. While Rochester doesn’t typically have the same falling temps as some of the other U.S. cities, you’ll still have to know all you can about staying safe with space heaters.

There are some critical do’s and don’ts when it comes to running a space heater safely in your house.


Do This While Running a Space Heater:

  • Make sure to get a space heater that has been certified and tested according to current safety standards.
  • Purchase a quality space heater. Plenty of models have safety features. For instance, some models have the capability to cut off automatically if overheated or if an object or person comes too close.
  • Always keep at least three feet of space around the heater to avoid fire.
  • Use wall plug-ins instead of outlet strips or extension cords.
  • Unplug the space heater when you leave the room.Rochester NY HVAC Staying Safe in Winter with Space Heaters
  • Be sure you have a working smoke alarm in each room where there’s a space heater.


Don’t do This While Running a Space Heater:

  • Put your space heater in a room (i.e., bathroom) with lots of dampness.
  • Use your space heater while you’re sleeping or not in the room.
  • Put your space heater on your carpeting or furniture. Space heaters must always be put on a flat, hard, surface.
  • Combine the chemicals required to power the heater. While some space heaters operate on electricity, some need propane or kerosene. It’s crucial never to use gasoline in a heater constructed for use with another fuel such as kerosene. This can raise the chance of fire.

If you’re searching for a new solution for your heating and cooling needs, call a Rochester HVAC expert.


Space Heater Safety

  • Space heaters require space. Keep everything that burns, including bedding, furniture, and bedding far away from the space heater.
  • Be sure the space heater has an emergency shut-off in case it falls over.
  • Use the right grade of fuel for a liquid-fuel space heater. Refuel only in a good ventilated area and when the heater is cool.

Turn them off when going to bed. Space heaters are invaluable when trying to warm a room to your liking, especially if you like a room warmer than the rest of your family does. But safety is important, make sure you follow all the instructions that come with your heater.