Home Safety Tips : Portable Electric Space Heaters
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:
- 32% of home heating-related fires
- 57% of home heating-related property damage
- 73% of home heating-related civilian deaths
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:
- Don’t place anything that can burn within three feet away of the space heater.
- Make sure that your space heater has the label of a recognized testing laboratory such as Underwriters Laboratory.
- Never use an extension cord on a space heater.
- Turn space heaters off when leaving the room or going to bed.
And, of course, be sure to follow the manufacturer’s safety instructions.
Heating Safety Tips
National Fire Protection Agency