Space heater dangers

Space heater dangers abound in many New Orleans older homes. While space heaters provide the warmth we desire many are unvented with little to no safety features.  Poor installation location is another safety hazard that is commonly found. It is not uncommon to enter a double shotgun house in the winter to find a space heater in every room lit. The house feels so cozy and warm. At times you may start to feel sleepy; it’s not just from the heat, it’s from the carbon monoxide produced from the unvented space heater. Newer space heaters have carbon monoxide sensors and anti-tip sensors built in with warning labels on the sides.  Installing and maintaining carbon monoxide alarms is a safety feature you may want to consider if you have unvented space heaters. For more information you can follow the recommendations of The National Fire Protection Association.

Written by Turk Schexnayder, licensed home inspector #10679

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Turk Schexnayder is a licensed home inspector in Louisiana. Turk has been a licensed home inspector since 2009. Historic New Orleans homes is a specialty. Many of the problems or faults we find during our inspections are hidden to the casual observer and might go unnoticed. Having your home professionally inspected by Audubon Home Inspections as early as possible in the buying process can save you thousands of dollars.