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Garage Heater Safety Tips

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When choosing a garage heater, you might first want to determine what type of activities will be done in the garage. Will you be using the garage as a home-office or a woodworking studio, or will you be painting, repairing the family car, or inventing new wonder chemicals? These considerations are important when deciding on what type of garage heater to install.

For example, if woodworking is your main hobby, then the best safety options to consider might be a low intensity radiant tube gas heater (natural or liquid petroleum/propane), or radiant panels or cables in the floor and/or ceiling. In this situation, a portable electric heater or forced gas heating could prove to be dangerous choices. Wood dust and debris that come in contact with an electric heating element have the potential to ignite. Forced air heating has the potential to blow dust and debris around, which can be hazardous to your health and your wood-working projects. But if your garage is the setting for your new home business, a portable electric heater can be cost-effective and safe.

Ventilation is also an important safety consideration. Gas heaters need to be well-ventilated in order to prevent the build-up of harmful noxious fumes in the garage. Also, it might be tempting to utilize your home’s existing system to heat your garage. Venting the heat from your house out into your garage can be cost-effective. But this also leaves your home and its occupants vulnerable to exposure from the potential hazardous by-products of garage activities.

And last but not least, consider the overall space involved and where you will mostly be working within that space. This has to do with heater placement. A bulky wall- or ceiling-mounted heater can be a safety hazard, depending on garage activities. Carelessness around heaters that are mounted within close proximity to where you are working can result in burns, bumps on the head, and electrocution.

Keeping in mind these garage heater safety tips when making your garage-heating decision can save a great deal of aggravation in the long run. A garage heater can add greatly to the comfort and versatility to your garage; thus, safety considerations should be paramount when selecting, installing, and using a garage heater.

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