Portable Space Heater Safety

Portable electric space heaters provide supplemental heat in our homes and workplaces. Fires due to space heaters usually involve them not having adequate safety features; placing them near combustibles; and not properly plugging them in.

To decrease the risk of fire resulting from the misuse of portable heaters, follow the guidelines below before selecting and using a portable electric space heater.

  • Buy your heater from reputable sources and retail outlets.
  • Ensure the heater has the approval mark of an accredited certification agency (it will be on the label or description).
  • Ensure cords and heaters are in good condition, and not damaged.
  • Do not overload circuits by plugging in too many electrical products into one outlet. 

Placement of portable electric heaters

  • Place heaters a minimum of 3 feet away from any combustible materials (e.g. curtains, paper, rugs, cloth, etc.).
  • Do not run heater cords under carpets, rugs or furniture.
  • Locate space heaters out of high traffic areas and doorways where they can pose a tripping hazard.
  • Plug space heaters directly into a wall outlet. Do not use an extension cord or power strip, 
  • Turn off the heater when you’re not using it and when you go out.

Source: https://esasafe.com/safety/home-electrical-safety/portable-heater/

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