It’s cold outside! That means portable heaters are more in use to add direct warmth to the rooms you use most. But, while these portable heaters can be efficient and economical, here are 8 things you need to keep in mind when it comes to space heater safety.
Select the Right One
Select the right portable heater that’s rated for your need. An electric heater that is too large for the area will consume energy and lead to higher utility costs. On the flip side, if you purchase one too small for the area, it will make it work harder to heat the space. Look for a portable heater with overheat protection that fits your space.
Pick the Right Place
Make sure you give your single-room space heater the clearances it needs. For space heater safety, place it at least three feet away from any
- Window Treatments
- Other Combustibles
Any of these items can be a fire hazard if they come into contact with the unit’s heating element, or a surface that is too hot. Also, make sure that you place the heater on a hard, level surface.
Check the heater for a safety certification label from an independent testing organization such as the UL mark from Underwriters Laboratories, the ETL label from Intertek, or CSA International.
Having a smart sensor is a must for space heater safety. The smart sensor automatically shuts the unit off if it overheats or gets knocked over.
Keep Away from Water
Don’t use a running heater in a bathroom or humid basement unless specifically designed for use in damp spaces. Don’t handle or touch if you are wet or have wet hands. Some heaters designed for damp areas will have GFCI (ACLI) plugs that make them safe for use in bathrooms.
Plug Directly into an Outlet
Always plug the unit directly into an outlet. Never use an extension cord or power strip with an electric heater because this increases the chance of overheating, fires, and electrical shock injuries.
Regularly Inspect and Maintain
Make a habit of routinely checking the portable heater, especially when you first purchase it. Frequently wipe it down to reduce the amount of dust and allergens dispersed in the space. And, never continue to use a defective heater.
Shut Off and Unplug When Not in Use
When not using the unit, turn it off and unplug for additional safety.
Space Heater Safety
Educating yourself space heater safety hazards and proper use will help you have better peace of mind, keep your space warm and comfortable, and fire-hazard free this winter.
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