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Baseboard Heater Safety Tips

1/27/2021 (Permalink)

It is pretty rare to find baseboard heating elements in any construction built in the last couple decades.  But if your house is older than that, you may still have these types of heaters in your home or business.  They are generally safe and relatively efficient, but can be a fire hazard under the right conditions.  Make sure to take the necessary steps to protect you and your family or business. 

Don’t Block the Flow of Air

The heater warms as chilly air is brought into the unit and coils inside warm the air. That air is pushed into the room as more cool air is drawn into the bottom.  If the flow is obstructed, the coils can overheat, causing a fire hazard.  If there is anything flammable in close proximity to the heater, it may ignite.  Additionally, any curtains should be hung so that they do not end too close to the heater.

Watch Children

Two separate safety issues can arise from children near baseboard heaters.  First, they may try to put their hands inside the heater, where the hot coils are.  If they touch them, they may burn themselves.  Second, if children leave items near the heater, the items bay ignite from overheating.  If your children are old enough to understand, you can educate them on these dangers.

Monitor Dust Accumulation

As air is drawn into the heater unit, dust and small particles will also be drawn in.  If this is allowed to accumulate, it can cause a safety issue when coming into contact with the heating elements.  To avoid this, just vacuum occasionally around each baseboard unit.  It can also cause a foul odor that is unpleasant to smell.

SERVPRO of Norwalk/Wilton is here to help with any fire damage that you may have at your home or business.  We pride ourselves on around-the-clock service and quick on-scene response time.  Give us a call at 203.324.1642 to learn more or get assistance.

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