Space Heaters Safety

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 is 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.