Electric Space Heaters: Be Warm, Be Safe, Be Smart.
Portable electric heaters can take the chill out of a cold room, but are less efficient than other heating sources while causing your electricity bill to spike. They can be dangerous, even deadly, without the right handling, heaters causing nearly 22 percent of all residential fires (source: Consumer Product Safety Commission.)
More Space Heater Safety Tips
- Do not put objects on top of a heater or close to the heating coil
- Do not overload electric circuits – electric heaters compose a large load on a circuit
- Be certain that your heater is placed on a level, hard, non-flammable floor surface (not on rugs or carpets)
- Don't place portable heating units in high-traffic areas, such as hallways or on staircases