Electrician & Plumber • Licensed & Insured • Residential & Commercial • Credit Cards Accepted • Serving the Birmingham, AL area • 24/7 Emergency Service Available

(205) 426-0583

10 space heater safety rules everyone should know.

electric heater, space heater safetySpace heaters - we’ve all heard the horror stories of using them. You shouldn’t be afraid though! Because the weather seems to change at the drop of a hat in Alabama many homeowners prefer to buy space heaters than to turn the heat on. When used properly, these can be a great tool in keeping your home nice and toasty, and saving you money on your heating bills. Here we have 10 tips to keep you safe this winter!

  • If you have pets or small children, be sure to always be with them in the same room.
  • Set a timer to ensure that you switch the heater off, that way it does not overheat.
  • Plug your heater into a wall outlet. NEVER plug a portable space heater into a power strip or extension cord. They should always be in a standard wall outlet.
  • Be sure to always unplug portable heater when you leave your house or when they’re not in use. Even if they’re turned off, they should be unplugged.
  • Check the plug and cord to make sure there are no signs of overheating, or of frayed cords/wires.
  • If you chose a heater that is powered by gas or kerosene, always ensure that there are no leaks, and that it is well ventilated.
  • Heaters should be placed on flat surfaces, such as the floor. Do not leave them near curtains, on dressers, or anywhere that they could fall.
  • In addition to keeping heaters on a level space, you also want them to be in an open area. Under a desk or table is not safe.
  • Don’t plug any devices into the same outlet as the heater. This will help prevent overheating of the outlet, and prevent a fire!
  • Most electrical devices are tested and certified, but always be sure to check that your heater is as well. This ensures that it meets safety standards. The most common label will be the UL (Underwriters Laboratory).

At John’s Electric, we know that using a space heater can be a great tool for warmth and savings. When used properly, space heaters are not as dangerous as you may think! For more tips or for electrical help, contact the experts at John’s Electric.

Return to blog

Current Specials

Free Home Electrical Inspection

With any paid electrical repair. A $100 value.
Must use coupon code JELFREEHOME.
Offer does not expire

$200 Off Electrical Panel Upgrade

On Any Electrical Panel Upgrade.
Taxes and dispatch fee additional. Please call for details. Must print this coupon and redeem at time of initial dispatch call.
Offer does not expire

$25 Off Any Electrical Repair

Must mention promo code: 25OFF
Cannot be combined with any other offer. Does not include dispatch fee.
Offer does not expire

Free Second Opinion

on service/breaker upgrades or fuse box repairs.
Must use coupon code JELFREESECONDOPINION.
Offer does not expire

Latest Tips

Is UV light safe for killing viruses?

Monday, July 6, 2020

Since the beginning of March, the Coronavirus has been a massive part of our daily lives. The virus caused the world to come to a screeching halt, closing businesses and entertainment venues. The biggest issue has been focused on safety and sanitation.

Finish reading Is UV light safe for killing viruses? ...

How will Coronavirus affect construction?

Wednesday, June 10, 2020

The world has come to a screeching halt because of the Coronavirus. No one alive today has ever experienced what we are going through in their lifetimes. Life was ticking along merrily until March 2020; then, the whole world was told to stop what we were doing and go home and stay there until...? Many people have lost their jobs and businesses and are left wondering what happens next.

Finish reading How will Coronavirus affect construction? ...

About John's Electric

Linn Park Fountain, Birmingham, AL

John's Electric Inc. is a family owned and operated electrical contractor business that proudly provides electrician services in Birmingham, AL and the surrounding areas such as Hoover, Homewood, Chelsea, Vestavia Hills, Pelham, Alabaster, Trussville, and Mountain Brook. John's Electric provides residential and commercial electrical solutions at competitive rates. We have been in this line of work for 30 years, giving us not only experience but expertise as well. You can depend on us. We are a state licensed electrician (#03875) for your protection.

  • Angie's List
  • Better Business Bureau
  • Facebook
  • Google
  • HomeAdvisor
  • Instagram
  • Yellow Pages
  • Yelp

What others say about John's Electric Service

They always are so polite and come whenever I need them to - working around my schedule. A family business that cares about the little man! Great prices and excellent service! Have used them several times and will continue too!

Barb Conner

Google

This company did an incredible job on our house. Had a few issues to get home ready for sale and he came next day - completed everything with perfection and great price. Aubrey is very honest and trustworthy! Will use him any other time I need electric work and strongly recommend him

bethuhlman

Yellow Pages

I had a strange electrical issue in my home, and I was expecting it to be an expensive repair. Aubrey came out very quickly, ran some tests, and knew exactly what it was. He repaired it for a fraction of the cost of what I was expecting. I will absolutely call John's Electric any time I need a professional electrician. I highly recommend this company.

Peter Waldron

Google

Very professional & courteous! Aubrey let me know when he was on his way - great communication & reasonably priced.

Victoria Seale

Google