The cold is here, and so is the annual battle to stay warm and comfortable in your home through the winter. To that end, space heaters are a popular appliance in many homes, but it’s critical to know the do’s and don’ts of using them safely.
- Do keep space heaters a minimum of three feet from anything that could catch fire (curtains, bed linens, furniture, etc.).
- Do have only space heaters that have a tip-over safety switch. With that, the unit will automatically shut off if it gets knocked over.
- Do turn space heaters off before going to bed or leaving your home.
- Do not use extension cords with space heaters. They should always be plugged directly into an outlet.
- Do not use space heaters anywhere they could get wet.
- Do not use a space heater if the cord or plug gets hot. They may feel warm during use, but they should never be hot.
It’s also a good idea to limit your use of space heaters simply because they can use a significant amount of energy, driving up your monthly bill. Get more helpful electric safety tips.