Space Heater Safety Tips

Space heater safety tips

Did you know? 80 percent of home heating fire deaths in the U.S. are caused space heaters and 32 percent of home heating fires are caused by space heaters? Once a fire starts, it is only a matter minutes before it becomes life-threatening.

To ensure the safety of your family and property it's essential that you follow the manufacturer's instruction manual and following the safety tips below when using a space heater.
  • Space heaters should never be closer than 3 feet – in all directions – to upholstered furniture, clothing, mattresses, bedding and other flammable materials
  • Place the space heater on a hard, level and nonflammable surface
  • Keep children and pets away from space heaters
  • Never leave a space heater running overnight or when you are away from home
  • Plug space heaters directly into a grounded wall outlet without adapters or extension cords
  • Choose a model with features like a built-in thermostat that shuts the unit off when the room temperature is met and a thermal cut out switch that shuts the heater off if it gets too hot
  • If you have kids or pets, choose a model with a cool touch exterior to prevent accidental burns
  • Ensure there is a working smoke detector on every level of the home and test them monthly
If you are using a space heater as the primary heat source in your home, consider installing a ductless heating and cooling system. Ductless systems are unobtrusive, efficient and a permanent solution for heating spaces like additions, garages, three-season porches and other rooms not connected to a home's ventilation system.
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