Space Heater Safety Tips

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Space Heater Safety Tips

December through March are peak months for home fire deaths. While space heaters can be a quick way to heat up a chilly room, that warmth comes with a BIG warning label. Each year, space heaters are involved in 79% of fatal home heating fires. As temperatures drop, here are 10 things you need to know:


1. Give space heaters space. Keep your space heater at least THREE feet away from anything flammable. That means clothes and blankets, stacks of newspapers, furniture, rugs and even walls. Allow at least three feet of open space on each side of the unit.

2. Plug your space heater directly into a wall outlet. Never (ever) use an extension cord or power strip with a space heater, which could overheat and cause a fire. 

3. Opt for quality. When shopping for a space heater, select a unit that has all the latest safety features and the Underwriter’s Laboratory (UL) label of approval. Look for cool-to-the-touch housings and automatic shutoff features that turn the unit off if it’s tipped over or overheating. Some units will automatically shut off if their infrared sensors detect a person or object that is too close to the heater panel—making them desirable choices for households with kids or pets.

4. Never leave a space heater “on” in an unoccupied room. Always turn off a space heater when you leave the room and before going to bed. Throw on some extra blankets and unplug the unit as an extra precaution.

5. Size matters. Before purchasing a space heater, check the label to see if it is the appropriate size for the area you want to heat.

6. Make sure your house can handle it. Space heaters use a lot of electricity --- as much as fifteen 100-watt light bulbs. This can be too much for older houses with old wires and electrical circuits. When wires get overheated, fires can also start inside the walls where they are hard to spot. If the circuit breaker trips, don’t plug it back in.

7. Keep space heaters away from water. Like any electrical device, they pose a shock hazard. To help prevent shocks, avoid using space heaters in rooms where spills and moisture build-ups are likely such at bathrooms and kitchens.

8. Safety first. Check your heaters regularly – look for frayed wires and remove dust accumulation on grates, grills, coils and other elements of the heater.

9. Hot, hot, hot. Some parts of the heater can become really hot. Children, seniors and pets are especially vulnerable to getting burned.

10. Finally, don’t rely on space heaters to heat your home. They’re designed to supplement a central heating strategy – NOT replace it. Make sure every room in which you plan to use a space heater has working smoke alarms and that your house has a carbon monoxide alarm.

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Rainmaker
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John Pusa
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Roy Kelley those are very valuable list of space heater safety tips to know.

Jan 22, 2020 01:34 PM #1
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Mike Frazier
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Mr Roy, you may add don't hang a heat lamp in a chicken coop where jealous chickens can knock it down and almost cause each others death. No more heat lamp for my chickens. Now I have one of those oil filled radiators that gets warm.

Jan 22, 2020 01:35 PM #2
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Michele Cadogan 917-861-9166
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As the temps dip and we head deeper into the winter season this space heater safety  post is quite timely.  Thanks...

Jan 22, 2020 03:21 PM #10
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Myrl Jeffcoat
GreatWest Realty - Sacramento, CA
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Those are important tips and reminders about safely using space heaters, Roy.

Jan 22, 2020 04:36 PM #12
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Joan Cox
House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373 - Denver, CO
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Excellent post Roy, as this is the time of year we hear about the most space heater fires.

Jan 22, 2020 04:57 PM #13
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Kathy Streib
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Roy- this is such important information for anyone who uses a space heater.

Jan 22, 2020 06:28 PM #16
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Michael Jacobs
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Hello Roy - space heater safety concerns are important.  Even in not-as-cold environments like California.  It matters.  A lot.  

Jan 23, 2020 04:38 AM #17
Rainmaker
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Lawrence "Larry" & Sheila Agranoff. Cell: 631-805-4400
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Such an IMPORTANT message you have here this morning. Everyone should read your suggestions Roy!

Jan 23, 2020 05:35 AM #19
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Brian England
Arizona Focus Realty - Gilbert, AZ
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These are great tips and believe it or not, we use space heaters in Arizona from time to time too.

Jan 23, 2020 06:16 AM #20
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Will Hamm
Hamm Homes - Aurora, CO
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Hello Roy,  I am glad you blog about this, I was just in a home on Tuesday that had a space heat on top of newspapers.  I mention it to them right away.

 

Jan 23, 2020 07:15 AM #23
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Thanks for sharing the valuable tips. I hope you have a great afternoon

Jan 23, 2020 02:10 PM #25
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Thanks so much for your feedback. It is always good to hear from you.

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