Stay Warm Without Worries

February 21, 2024

Space heaters can be a convenient way to keep warm during chilly days, providing heat when needed. They can be an alternative to warm a small area in your home without turning up the thermostat. However, safety should become a priority when using these heaters.

Here are a few tips to consider when purchasing and using a space heater.

Look for Safety Features:
Ensure the heater has a safety certification label from an independent testing organization, like the UL® mark, the ETL label from Intertek, or certification from CSA International. Most newer models have the UL® (Underwriter’s Laboratory) label.

Automatic shut off. This feature will automatically turn off if the space heater falls over. Make sure the heater is on a stable and level surface with minimal risk of getting knocked over.

Overheat detection. When the internal components get too hot, the unit automatically turns off to prevent overheating and fire hazards.

A ground-fault circuit interrupter (GFCI) plug. Most space heaters don’t have a GFCI plug, which can prevent electric shock. If the heater does not come with one, you can still purchase it, but do not place it around any area where moisture is present.

Using a Space Heater Safely:
Plug electric heaters directly into an outlet. Plugging an electric heater into an extension cord increases the chance of overheating, fires, and electrical shock injuries.

Never leave a heater unattended while in use. Unplug and turn off the heater when leaving the designated area. Most models come with programmable timers that can switch on and off at set times.

Supervise Pets and Children. Keep children and pets at least three feet away from an electric heater to prevent accidental burns.

By following these safety tips and features, you can enjoy the warmth and comfort of your space heater in your home while minimizing the risk of accidents. Remember, space heaters are designed to be supplemental heaters and not as a primary heating resource.