Proper Use of Space Heaters

Using the appropriate unit for your space, as well as using it properly, will not only give you a warm place to be, but also the peace of mind of being safe. Portable radiant space heaters are a good source of supplemental heating in your home, providing you adhere to the following important steps:

  • Always turn off the heater when you leave a room or the house, and be sure to disconnect the electric cord – a short in the electrical circuit can also cause a fire.
  • Be sure to read the manufacturer’s instructions – this may seem insignificant, but each unit can have very minor, but very significant differences in its proper use.
  • Do not place the heater on top of other furniture – it should be on a level flat surface.
  • Place the space heater at least 3 feet away from anything that can burn. When placed too close to these combustible materials, they will catch fire. Placing the heater within the manufacturer's recommended fire-safe distance, you will reduce the possibility of a fire. The following combustible materials include:
    • Bedding
    • Clothing
    • Curtains
    • Furniture
    • Paper
  • Purchase a space heater with a Underwriters Laboratory (UL) or Factory Mutual (FM) label attached to the unit.
  • The unit should also have an automatic shut off, in the event of it being knocked over.

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