Gas heaters are becoming more and more common especially since winter is usually synonymous with high electricity bills. Make sure your gas heater is a certified brand, uncertified brands are dangerous and potentially hazardous to your health. Make sure you use gas heaters only in well-ventilated rooms, or that there is a door or window open to allow fresh air in. For more safety tips on gas heaters, visit this website.
Electric heaters can be life savers especially on cold winter mornings and evenings. However, it is crucial to use certified brands of electric heaters. It’s important to note that even certified brands can be hazardous if not used correctly, for example, you should not use electric heaters to dry clothes, or keep your electric heater on all night. Both of these can led to accidental fires, so better safe than sorry. Visit this website for more on electric heater safety tips.
Electric blankets are heaven sent especially if you love getting into a warm-toasty bed and don’t have to deal with chilly sheets. However, you should not sleep with your electric blanket on all night. This can lead to overheating of your body which can leave you dehydrated and with muscle pains. We all know how annoying it is to wake up in the middle of the winter night for a kitchen run because we’re thirsty. Other precautions on using electric blankets are listed on this website.
Underfloor heating is that little miracle we hardly talk about because not everyone has it and it will definitely skyrocket your electricity bill if misused. The bulk of safety precautions with underfloor heating are typically included in the installation process. However, some tips to keep your bill down would be to have your heating on for a limited time, keep a eye on that, and do not go to bed with the heating on. Also make sure your installation is done by an accredited company.
Hot Water Bottles
If you haven’t bought your hot water from an accredited supplier and it’s not a certified brand, best you stop using it ASAP! DIY hot water bottles come with a lot of hazardous tied to them so to avoid burnt marks, buy a certified brand from a trusted shopping outlet. Even with certified brands you need to make sure your hot water bottle is closed tightly to avoid spillage and burns. If the bottle won’t close tightly anymore, stop using it and invest in a new one.
Humidifiers are great if you have a sinuses problem that worsens during winter. Even if you don’t have a sinuses problem, heating devices tend to dry out the air in your living space therefore humidifiers help balance out the humidity in your space. Besides the general safety precaution of not leaving the appliance unattended risking a fire hazard, humidifiers are generally safe and you can even get specific brands that can help combat flu and colds. Some brands are even safe to use in baby nurseries, visit this website for more information on this.
By Cleopatra Shava
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