Portable Electric Heater Safety
Did you know that 80 percent of home heating fire deaths in the U.S. involve space heaters and that 32 percent of home heating fires are caused by space heaters? It's estimated that space heaters cause over 19,000 house fires, 360 deaths, and over 1,000 injuries a year.
Once a house fire starts it's only a matter minutes before it becomes life-threatening. By following a few safety steps when using a space heater you can avoid becoming a statistic.
- Space heaters should never be closer than 3 feet to upholstered furniture, clothing, mattresses, bedding and other flammable material
- Place the space heater on a hard, level and nonflammable surface
- Keep space heaters away from exit ways, walkways and traffic areas
- Keep children and pets away from space heaters
- Don't use space heaters in wet areas like kitchens and bathrooms
- Never leave a space heater running when you're away from home
- Plug space heaters directly into a grounded wall outlet without adapters or extension cords
- Choose a space heater with features like a built-in thermostat. This shuts the heater off when the room temperature is met using a thermal cut out switch
- If you have kids or pets, a cool touch exterior can prevent accidental burns
- Ensure there's a working smoke detector on every level of the home and test them monthly