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by Raj Kewalrams 18 Feb 2024

As winter approaches, many people turn to portable heaters to keep warm and comfortable. Portable heaters work as a means to provide targeted heat to specific areas of your home without having to raise the temperature for the entire house. In this blog post, we’ll explore tips and guidelines for using portable heaters safely and efficiently throughout the winter season.

  1. Proper Placement of Portable Heaters

Where you place your portable heater is crucial for both safety and efficiency. Follow these tips for optimal placement:

● Keep the heater at least three feet away from combustible materials such as clothing, bedding, rugs, furniture, or drapes. This distance helps prevent accidental fires.

● Position the heater on a hard, level surface to prevent tipping. Avoid placing it on carpets or rugs that obstruct airflow and cause overheating.

● Place the heater in an open area, away from walls, to ensure proper heat circulation and minimize the risk of igniting nearby objects.

● Avoid placing heaters in areas such as hallways or doorways, as they pose a tripping hazard.

2. Understanding the Limitations of Portable Heaters

While these devices can provide warmth to a room, they are not designed to replace a central heating system or effectively heat large areas. Portable heaters are best suited for smaller spaces such as bathrooms or individual rooms. Using them beyond their intended capacity can lead to disappointment. It’s essential to set realistic expectations and use portable heaters accordingly.

3. Prioritizing Safety Features

Look for portable heaters with safety features such as tip-over auto shut-off and overheating protection. These features are designed to prevent accidents and minimize the risk of fires.

4. Regular Inspection of Portable Heaters

Before using your portable heater, inspect it to ensure it is in good working condition. Check for any visible dents or damage affecting its performance or safety. Examine the power cord for any signs of fraying or bubbling, as damaged cables can lead to electrical hazards.

5. Monitoring the Heater while in use

Once your portable heater is running, monitoring its operation is crucial. Ensure the controls, buttons, and safety features are responsive and functioning correctly.

6. Never Leave a Portable Heater Unattended

Leaving a portable heater unattended for an extended period is a significant safety risk. Even with safety features, there is still a chance of malfunctions or accidents occurring. Always shut off the heater and unplug it when leaving the room or going to bed.

7. Avoid Hiding the Power Cord

While it may be tempting to hide the power cord of your electric portable heater, it’s crucial to avoid methods that can lead to overheating or insulation issues. Running the cord under rugs or carpets can obstruct heat dissipation and cause fires. Ensure the cord is easily visible and not obstructed to prevent safety hazards.

Portable heaters can be a convenient solution for staying warm. The BLACK+DECKER range of portable heaters can keep you warm and ensure you’re in safe hands. Follow our tips – regularly inspect your portable heater, avoid leaving it unattended, and follow manufacturer guidelines for optimal performance. Stay warm and stay safe this winter season with your portable heater.

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