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Space Heater Safety

If your heat goes out, the best thing you can do is call an expert heating company like Verne & Ellsworth Hann.  You may be tempted to use a space heater but there are many facts you should know before using one as a source of heat.

Portable electric space heaters, according to the U.S. Department of Energy, are safe to use in the home, however, while there’s no risk of carbon monoxide, electric space heaters can be a major safety hazard if not used properly.

The Consumer Product Safety Commission estimates that more than 25,000 residential fires and more than 300 deaths are caused each year by space heaters.  More than 6,000 Americans receive hospital emergency room care annually for burn injuries associated with space heaters.

Never leave a space heater running overnight while you sleep and never leave them unattended.  Always plug a space heater directly into an outlet.  Never use an extension cord.  Make sure to place a space heater at least 3 feet away from furniture, window treatments, bedding, clothing, rugs, and other combustible items.  Keep space heaters away from water and refrain from using them in a bathroom or a humid basement.

If you must use a space heater temporarily, educate yourself about the safety hazards.

Verne & Ellsworth Hann, located in Cleveland Heights, is a 5-generation company, owned and operated by brothers Bill and Chris Hann.  Homeowners in the Heights and surrounding areas have relied on Verne & Ellsworth Hann for all of their heating, cooling and plumbing needs for over 63 years.

If you find yourself without heat, call Verne & Ellsworth Hann at 216-932-9755 or visit our website at VEHbrothers.com.

What People Are Saying

  • Dear Chris,

    All the men for the furnace and the electricity were terrific.  Knowing your company for 50 years we would not have expected anything else.

    - Robert J.( South Euclid, Furnace Installation, February 2019 )
  • Very pleased with the furnace that was installed.  The process, from beginning estimate to the final walk through of installation and thermostat, was efficient and professional.  The workers did a great job.

    - Carolyn P.( Cleveland, Furnace Installation, January 2019 )
  • The crew was very professional and knowledgeable.  The entire boiler install was perfect!  I couldn’t be happier with the seamless process.  Bill Hann managed the entire install, even to the smallest detail.  In addition, the new copper return piping solved my first floor heating issues.

    - Jan R.( Shaker Heights, Boiler Installation, January 2019 )
  • The technicians were friendly and prompt and provided helpful advice.

    - Matthew K.( Cleveland Heights, Furnace & Air Conditioning Installation, February 2019 )
  • I was very pleased with the entire process…the initial evaluation of my needs, installation, clean-up.  All very professional.

    - Robert L.( University Heights, Furnace & Air Conditioning Installation, January 2019 )