Portable Space Heater Safety

Portable Space Heater Safety
Posted on 11/12/2019
It may only be mid-November, but it certainly feels like winter has already arrived. As temps continue to plummet, home heating becomes critical, and portable space heaters have become a popular way to supplement central heating or warm a single room.

Space heaters, however, account for 40 percent of home heating fires and 84 percent of home heating fire deaths. If you plan to use portable electric space heaters, make sure to follow these tips and recommendations from the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA):

• Keep the heater at least three 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 the heater has an auto shut-off to turn it off when it tips over.
• Keep space heaters out of the way of foot traffic. Never block an exit.
• Keep children away from space heaters.
• Plug the heater directly into a wall outlet. Never use an extension cord.
• Space heaters should be turned off and unplugged when you leave the room or go to bed.
• Purchase a heater that is listed by a qualified testing laboratory (UL, etc).

For more fire safety tips, visit nfpa.org.