Kerosene oil heaters are a great heating option inside of your home. Many Americans utilize kerosene oil heaters as space heaters, emergency heaters, and more. While these heaters are great options, kerosene oil heaters must be used with caution. Check out our list of the top safety tips for kerosene oil heaters:
- Ensure the wick is regularly cleaned (it is recommended to clean it at least every two weeks).
- Immediately clean up any spills.
- Only use top quality kerosene.
- Place kerosene oil heaters away from anything flammable, including your furniture, clothing, paper products, gasoline, aerosols, and more.
- Ensure that young children and/or pets do not come into contact with your kerosene oil heaters. Many kerosene oil heater owners invest in a protective safety cage for their unit.
- Allow plenty of time for the heater to cool down prior to touching, moving to a new location and/or refueling.
- Ensure kerosene oil heaters are off before leaving the immediate location or going to sleep.
- Ensure that you have your heater in a well-ventilated area and, if needed, open window or doors to let in fresh air.
- Always label your kerosene oil containers so you do not confuse the kerosene with another liquid.
- Store your kerosene in a storage shed, garage or basement.
- Keep a fire extinguisher in your home.
- If you have questions about safety and/or kerosene oil heaters best practices, reach out to a professional.
It is important to know that the biggest risks with kerosene oil heaters are fires, explosions, burns, asphyxiation and indoor air pollution. Additionally, kerosene oil heaters are not permitted in some areas, so be sure to consult with your local expert and/or fire department prior to investing in a heater.