Space Heater Safety Tips
As the winter months bring cold weather, space heaters can offer warmth and comfort to chilly spaces. However, safety precautions must be taken to ensure they are used safety.
The National Fire Protection Association reports that space heaters account for 43% of U.S. home heating fires and 85% of home heating fire deaths.
Following these space heater safety tips can keep you safe and warm during the cold months.
Purchase space heaters that are UL listed with automatic shut-offs features. Always thoroughly read instruction manuals and safety tags before using
Inspect space heaters before each use. Examine for frayed insulation or broken wires. Do not use it if you notice any of these problems or if you find it is overheating. Get it serviced or replaced before the next use.
Never leave space heaters unattended. Turn off and unplug space heaters when you leave the room and before falling asleep.
Supervise children and pets to avoid burns, tip-overs, and injuries.
Avoid extension cords and plug space heaters directly into outlets to reduce chances of overheating, electrical shock, and fire.
Never use to warm bedding or clothing, thaw pipes, or dry wet items.
Choose the location wisely. Place space heaters on dry, flat surfaces. Keep items that could be a potential ignition source at least 3 feet away. Keep away from water.
Space heaters pose more than just fire risks—their cords can be tripping hazards, as well. Keep heaters out of high traffic areas and place in a position that keeps cords out if walkways.