Space Heater Safety 
 
 
  • Use space heaters to provide supplemental heat. Do not use them to thaw pipes or dry clothing.
  • Select equipment that has the Underwriter’s Laboratory (UL®) mark.
  • Keep anything that may burn at least 3 feet away from space heaters.
  • Be sure to turn off space heaters when leaving a room or going to sleep. Use space heaters with an automatic shut-off feature and heating element guards.
  • Watch children and pets at all times when around a space heater. Even the slightest contact with a heating coil or element will cause a severe burn.
  • Check your space heater for frayed or broken wiring. Have all problems repaired by a professional technician before operating.
  • Avoid using extension cords with space heaters. Extension cords can easily overheat when used with a space heater.
  • Keep your space heater cord away from high-traffic areas in your home. Tripping on or knocking over the heater can cause an injury or even a fire.
  • If you have a liquid-fueled space heater, use only the fuel recommended by the manufacturer. Never substitute fuel as this could cause a fire. Before refueling, let the heater completely cool. Clean any spills quickly.
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