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Space Heater Safety

Follow these safety tips when using your electric space heater safely:

  • Keep the heater at least 3 feet from flammable items such as curtains, furniture, or bedspreads.
  • Select a space heater with a guard around the heating element.
  • When buying a heater, choose one that has been tested and certified by a nationally recognized testing institution such as Underwriters Laboratories (UL).
  • Buy a heater that can handle the area that you want to heat.
  • Read and follow the manufacturer’s operating instructions.
  • Keep children and pets away from space heaters.
  • Never leave a space heater unattended.
  • Never go to sleep with a space heater on.
  • Never use or store flammable liquids near a space heater.
  • Do not use a heater in a bathroom–it’s a high-moisture area that could cause damage.
  • Keep heaters away from water to prevent electrocution.
  • Do not use an extension cord with a space heater.
  • Do not use the heater to dry clothes.
  • Be sure the heater’s plug fits snugly in an outlet. The cord and plug may feel warm when operating since the unit draws so much power, but they should not feel hot. If they do, unplug the heater and have a qualified repair person check for problems.
  • Do not attempt to repair a broken heater yourself. It should be checked and repaired by a qualified appliance service center.
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