Thursday, August 24, 2017

NFPA: Electric Portable Space Heater Safety

When the weather turn cold, it can bring a chill into our homes. Portable space heaters have become a popular way to supplement central heating or heat one room. If you plan to use portable electric space heaters, make sure to follow these tips and recommendations:


Heater Checklist:

  • Purchase a heater that is listed by a qualified testing laboratory.
  • Keep the heater at least 3 feet away from anything that can burn, including people.
  • Choose a heater with a thermostat and overheat protection.
  • Place the heater on a solid, flat surface.
  • Make sure your heater has an auto shut-off to turn the heater off if it tips over.
  • Keep space heaters out of the way of foot traffic. Never block an exit.
  • Keep children away from the space heater.
  • Plug the heater directly into the wall outlet. Never use an extension cord.
  • Space heaters should be turned off and unplugged when you leave the room or go to bed.

Types of electric space heaters:
  • Oil or water-filled radiator: Heated oil or water travels through the heater.
  • Fan-forced heater: A fan blows warm air over metal coils.
  • Ceramic heater: Air is warmed over a ceramic heating element.
  • Infrared heaters: Heat is created by infrared bulbs.
Fact: Nearly half of all space heater fires involve electric space heaters.