For spot heating, many homeowners turn to portable electric space heaters; it’s often more efficient to plug one in than to raise the household thermostat by a degree or two.
But using a space heater isn’t as safe as it is simple. According to the National Fire Protection Association, in 2005, space heaters were responsible for:
Space heaters cause a disproportionate amount of damage versus central heating systems and fireplaces. Therefore, it’s important to practice safety and care when using space heaters.
Some basic space heater safety tips include:
And, of course, be sure to follow the manufacturer’s safety instructions.
Heating Safety Tips
National Fire Protection Agency