Space Heater Safety

By: Deanna Bettineschi Email
By: Deanna Bettineschi Email

As you're going down the aisles of a store trying to pick out your next space heater, there are a few things you should know before you make that purchase.

“The first thing you want to look for is that the unit is UL listed. That means it’s been tested, has tip over safety so if it were to get bumped or tipped over, that it automatically shuts off the heating element so it helps to prevent fires and that nature.” Battalion Chief Chirs Etheredge said.

This is a necessary safety tool if you have small children or pets.

“And go ahead and plan where you are going to use that space heater. Make sure the cord is long enough to keep it three to four feet from any flammable substance.” Etheredge said.

This includes your bed spread, and curtains.
And if you're thinking of keeping it on your floor...

“If it’s put on a carpeted area, it’s a open area and put something underneath it so it doesn’t get the carpet hot.” Lowes Electric Professional Charles Hall said.

If you already have a space heater that uses kerosene, firefighters say you should use extra caution.

“And I just want to remind everyone to be careful with those and make sure you use the proper fuel. Gasoline put into a kerosene heater simply does not work and causes significant fires when that happens.” Etheredge said.

Whichever space heater you decide to use, remember to have a working fire detector in your home.

Etheredge says you should never plug a space heater into an extension cord.
It should always go straight into a wall outlet.

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