Safe Use of Space Heaters

November 2016

Fall is here and the nights are cold. It’s time to pull out the extra blankets and crank on the heater! For those who don’t have central heat and choose to use an electric space heater inside, make sure you know the following safety precautions:

  • Be sure to buy a space heater with a “safety tip-over” option. This will make sure the heater automatically turns off if it is tipped over.
  • Plug your space heater directly into the wall, rather than an extension cord. Also, be sure that there is nothing else plugged into the same outlet as your space heater.
  • Inspect for any signs of damage, including frayed wires, cracked plugs or any loose connections. If you see any of these signs, DO NOT use the heater.
  • Refrain from placing your space heater on carpeted floor, which can cause overheating and start a fire.
  • Make sure to unplug your electric space heater when it is not in use, and do not leave it unattended, especially around pets and children.
  • Be sure that all of your smoke detectors are in good working condition before using your space heater.
  • There should be a label on your space heater showing it has been recognized by a testing laboratory. If not, do not use the space heater. 

Observe all of the safety measures when using your electric space heater at home or at the office to help prevent fires and other dangers.