Space heaters can be useful for quickly heating a room but can be just as hazardous as they are useful when not used correctly. Here are some tips to keep you both warm and safe during the cold season.


  • Follow 3 ft Rule– Keep the heater at least 3 feet away from combustible materials, including beds, sofas, curtains, papers, clothes, etc.
  • Inspect Cords– Make sure the heaters power cord is not damaged or frayed in any way.
  • Plug is Snug– Make sure the heater is securely plugged into the power outlet. Ensure it does not come loose or fall out.
  • Keep it Stable-Ensure your heater is on a stable and level surface with minimal risk of it getting knocked over.
  • Safety Certified- Make sure your space heater has been certified as safe to use. You should see a safety logo on the back somewhere.
  • Smoke Detectors– Make sure your smoke and carbon monoxide detectors are working properly.
  • Turn it Off– Ensure your unit is turned off when you go to sleep,  go in a different room, or anytime you are unable to keep an eye on it.


  • Crowd Your Unit– Do not put anything flammable around the front, sides or rear of the heater.
  • Extension Cords– Do not use an extension cord or power strip, unless you have absolutely no other choice.
  • Hot to the Touch– Do not use heater if the power cord or wall heater feels hot on to the touch. Call an electrician to inspect.
  • Place on Tables– Do not use your heater on top of table, chair or any surface that is not stable.
  • Use Around Water– Do not use or operate your heater near water or if you are wet. You will be shocked as a result.
  • Cords Under Rugs– Do not run the power cord from your heater underneath carpets, rugs, or furniture.
  • Know Your Size– Do not use a space heater that is designed for an area larger than you need.
  • Keep an Eye Out– Do not allow children to use or operate your heater without proper training and supervision.

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