So far, there have been few exceptionally cold days this winter. Unfortunately, this pattern is expected to soon see change. As we face colder weather, many Georgians will use HVAC systems, as well as space heaters and other heating methods, to heat their homes and workplaces. Space heaters are a great way to warm a space quickly, but they can pose significant danger as well.
The most common problems that arise from space heater usage are:
- Burns. Heating coils on space heaters are extremely hot, which is what allows for warming of the space around the unit. If animals or humans get too close to these coils, burns can occur. Overheating units can also burn your flooring or other nearby items.
- Fires. All heaters pose a fire hazard, no matter what safety features they possess. Overheating happens quite often, both in the heaters themselves and in cords used to power these space heaters. Space heaters cause approximately half of all home-heating fires during the winter.
- Carbon monoxide poisoning. Space heaters that use fuel as a power source, as opposed to electricity, can give off carbon monoxide, which will poison those around them if not properly maintained. Carbon monoxide detectors should be used if fuel-heaters are heating your home or office. These warning detectors are relatively inexpensive and safe lives every day.
The risks associated with using space heaters may seem overwhelming, but these heating units can be safely used if users are properly educated. Never leave a space heater unattended and abide by these safety precautions at all times. No matter how chilly your home may be misusing a space heater can cause injuries. In the event that your space heater causes injuries due to a defect, you may have a product liability lawsuit that can provide compensation for damages. If you feel you may have a claim, contact Jones & Swanson today at 770-427-5498 for a free consultation.