Space Heaters Safety Tips:
Electric Space Heaters
Portable electric heaters, while seemingly harmless, are responsible for many fires annually. These heaters are not substitutes for central heating. Nor are they designed for extended use.
- All types must be kept at least 36 inches from anything that can burn, including furniture, bedding, clothing, pets, and people.
- Space heaters must not be left operating when you are not in the room, or when you go to sleep.
- Children should be supervised at all times when space heaters are in use.
- Make sure the heater has an element guard that prevents little fingers from straying onto the hot coils.
- Do not put drying clothing or combustibles over heaters.
- Be certain your home wiring is designed to handle your space heater. If you have any doubts, contact a licensed electrician.
- Make sure the heater has a 3-prong grounded plug and used in a 3-hole wall outlet.
- Check for fraying or splitting wires, or overheating. Having problems repaired by a professional before operating the space heater.
- Make sure your space heater has an automatic switch that turns off the electrical current in the unit is tipped over.