Electric Heater Safety

Electric Space Heater fires cause over 160 deaths per year.  Property losses from electric space heater fires cost approximately $50 million annually.  To help readily avoid the potential hazards of using an electric space heater, please review the basic safety guidelines below...

Installation and Maintenance

  • Make sure that you have the right wiring and outlets with sufficient voltage.
  • Keep combustibles at least three (3) feet away from heaters.
  • Check for frayed wires, blown fuses.  If you find any, replace immediately.

Safety Tips

  • Never use your electric space heater near water, in a bathroom or damp basement.
  • Unplug your electric space heater when not in use.  Don't overload your wiring!
  • Give your space heater plenty of space, behind and in front of it.

Buying Guidelines

  • Buy only heaters with Underwriter Laboratories (UL) safety listing.
  • Do look for a thermostat control that shuts down if the heater gets too hot and a tip-over switch that turns off the heater if it is knocked over.
  • Do the grill, cover or sides ever become too hot to handle?
  • Is the grill designed to keep heating elements out of reach of children's fingers or toys?
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