With all the cold weather we've been experiencing lately, portable electric heaters (or space heaters) get used to supplement cold areas.
People need to be aware of the inherent dangers that could occur while these devices. Often people put them under desks or near walls and doors. Most space heaters have short electrical cords. There's a good reason that those cords are so short: they use a LOT of electricity which causes the cord to warm up, adding more resistance, meaning more power needs to get to the heater for it to work properly.
When using a space heater, NEVER use a light duty extension cord (like you'd plug holiday lights into). If you need an extension cord, it's best to use a robust, heavy duty extension cord. Even better is don't use an extension cord at all.
Always position the heater away from walls, curtains, pets and confined spaces. You don't want it to tip over. NEVER fall asleep with the space heater on, if it has a timer, use it.
Finally know that it should only be used as a supplemental heat source. Make sure you have a fire extinguisher nearby, just in case.
Be safe and stay warm!