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Expert answer: Can the car interior compartment heater causing a fire hazard?

Winter news from now and then to read that the heating cable from the car is lit on fire. the evening paper the news Tuesday, a car fire, which was ignited app

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Expert answer: Can the car interior compartment heater causing a fire hazard?
Winter news from now and then to read that the heating cable from the car is lit on fire.

the evening paper the news Tuesday, a car fire, which was ignited apparently, the car's electric heater short circuit.

Heating wire from a car fire Tuesday, the fire in the Bay. Read the IMAGE

we Ask the expert, automobile association head of training Teppo Vesa like , the answer to that, is the internal space heater safe to use in the car.

I Saw Teppo Vesala-answered.

– it Is important that the are used in the car interior heater only car use, new heater, which is installed in the car correctly. While still carefully heater operating instructions and act according to it, not the fire danger should be.

– Other electrical heaters may not be too effective in-car use or to heat up the outer surfaces dangerous. This causes a serious fire hazard.

the interior of the heater should be installed in a fixed position and not loose on the floor as this is done. PENTTI J. RÖNKKÖ

Vesala emphasize that the internal space of the heater must always be installed to your fixed wiring harness so that the heater is powered by the engine heater socket.

- any door frame or window between the drawn extension cord tunings should not be used. The door pulled the extension cord may be damaged and, at worst, cause the car body to get a powerful electric shock.

Vesala-recommends the internal space of the heater a fixed installation in the car.

– on the Floor detached from the heater may pass by when turning, when accelerating, braking or passenger accidentally kicks the wrong position. In this case, it may be too close to the upholstery or car seat, and so cause a serious fire hazard.

Heaters are offered also for those made on the floor of the racks. Such a floor rack use I recommend, however, just in case, no block heater, find a solid mounting location in the car. Stand-alone floor rack with a heater there is always the risk that someone kicked the heater accidentally so that it is blowing to the wrong place.

When the interior heater is mounted in the passenger compartment, so is Vesala-according to important huomatam, that the heater not to blow the seat or anything else dashboard, etc. portion of the facing.

– Also the heater on the suction side has to be free space so that air can freely flow to the heater.

the Car warms up most efficiently, when the heater installed so that it absorbs the foot space of the cold air and blowing warm air upward, away from the leg room.


Often asked that how long the internal space of the heater can be left on. As much as the whole night maybe? Vesala-warned of this.

– in any case, the internal space of the heater should not be left in the car pöhisee up all night. Too long heating time is energy waste and cause a fire hazard.

– the Required heating time depends on the heater power and the size of the car. As a rule, even in the coldest frosts of up to three hours of heating time enough to melt the windows and warm the interior.

– internal compartment heater is intended for only a few hours of continuous use at a time. I recommend to look closely at just the heater operating manual.

the Heaters in the instructions to be reminded always, that the heater must not be covered. Vesala-add this one section.

– Heater-user is always before the heating wire connecting reason to worry that the heater on or in the immediate vicinity are the debris or similar. For example, the dry leaves of the tree, the heater will suck in the sensitive gut, when the fire danger risk increases appreciably.

in the Old heater by has been overheating protection, but with the new heaters can also reduce an inflatable air temperature automatically, when the car is.

Vesala-reminiscent of that often long been in use the heater may be inside a quite dusty and dirty, which increases the fire risk.

– the interior of the heater should be cleaned regularly, stored in the summer season, protect it against dust and replaced every few years. Actually the heater is an investment, however relatively inexpensive.

heat the pole cover should stick to the also when it has led to child safety. Vesa Joensuu

- When the car is not heating, not heating leads to leave the closed outlet. Children may go poke the extension cord.

in Addition, the country lojuessaan it might make live sex slush or puddles, allowing also for adults to the user or by the car moving is a serious risk of electric shock.

I lay there on the Ground for the heating wire is also prone to vandalism less than or for example, the snow plow increase or -bump arising damage. A damaged cord is always life-threatening.

heat the pole cover shall be kept locked always – so regardless of whether the post in the lead caught or not. This is in particular the safety of children in terms of essential things.

Vesala-advise to use the heating cable only in the high quality and the winter frosts-resistant cables. It is also worth acquiring in the first place sufficiently long cord.

- engine heater cord must not be used with extension cords, but the user should get ready the correct length heating cable.

in the Yard moving the children may go open to extension cords joints and exposed in this way an electric shock.

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