Space Heaters Safety

Space Heaters

Heating equipment is a leading cause of home fire deaths and half of home heating equipment fires are reported during the months of December, January, and February.  Portable space heaters, while popular, are often a contributing factor to home fires when not used properly.  As we approach the home heating season here are some simple steps which can reduce the risk of fire when using a portable space heater.

  • Keep combustible objects at least three feet away from any space heater.
  • Have a three-foot “kid-free zone” around the space heater.
  • Only purchase space heaters bearing an Underwriters Laboratory or Factory Mutual approval seal.
  • Purchase a space heater with a thermostat to automatically shut off when the desired temperature is achieved.
  • Only use space heaters which have a tip-over automatic shutdown feature.
  • Plug the space heater directly into a wall outlet. Never use an extension cord.
  • Replace/repair any space heater that’s missing guards, control knobs, feet, etc.
  • Do not use space heaters in rooms that will not be continually occupied.
  • Keep space heaters away from exit ways, walkways and paths of travel.
  • Do not use space heaters in wet areas such as bathrooms or kitchens.
  • Remember to turn portable space heaters off when leaving the room or going to bed.
  • Test smoke alarms monthly.