Electric Portable Space Heater Safety

When the weather turns cold, it can bring a chill into our homes. Portable space heaters have become a popular way to supplement central heating or to heat one room. If you plan to use portable electric space heaters, make sure to follow these tips and recommendations.

  • Purchase a heater with the seal of a qualified testing laboratory.
  • Keep the heater at least 3 feet away from anything that can burn, including people.
  • Choose a heater with a thermostat and overheat protection.
  • Place the heater on a solid, flat surface.
  • Make sure your heater has an auto shut-off to turn the heater off should it tip over.
  • Keep space heaters out of the way of foot traffic. Never block an exit!
  • Plug the heater directly into the wall outlet. Never use an extension cord!
  • Space heaters should be turned off and unplugged when you leave the room or go to bed.PortableHeaterjpgportableelectric
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