Space Heater Safety Tips
Space heaters a great way to lower your home heating costs, reduce your electric bill , and conserve non-renewable resources; however, if used improperly, they can pose a significant fire hazard. In the U.S. alone, improper use of space heaters causes thousands of residential fires each year. This is a disaster that can be avoided by closely reading the manufacturer’s instructions and by taking the following precautions.
- Purchase a space heater that has been tested and approved by a reputable testing company.
- Do not run your space heater near flammable materials (e.g. curtains, furniture).
- Place the heater on a level, steady surface so that it cannot be easily knocked over.
- Follow the manufacturer’s instructions for installing, operating, and maintaining the heater.
- Purchase a space heater with a thermostat control and an automatic shutoff feature.
- Plug the space heater directly into a power outlet; do not use an extension cord or surge protector.
- Turn off the space heater when you leave the room, leave your home, or when you go to sleep at night.
- Never use electric heaters in bathrooms.
- Do not use a space heater if it gets hot to the touch, especially if you have children or pets.
- When the heater is not in use, unplug it from the outlet.
In general, electric space heaters are safer and pose less of a fire hazard than gas heaters or oil-filled radiators.
*Go Green* Tip!
Using space heaters instead of central heat is an eco-friendly way to save money on electric costs!