Electric Space Heater Safety

Whether you follow a groundhog in Pennsylvania or an alligator in Texas, winter may or may not be here for 6 more weeks. One thing we can be sure of is that the weather in North Texas will be unpredictable.  If it is bitterly cold and snowy like some February’s are, you may want to supplement your heat with a portable electric space heater. Space heaters can pose a fire and electrical risk if not operated properly.  

The following tips for staying warm and safe are from The Electrical Safety Foundation International, ESFI.

Before using any space heater, read the manufacturer’s instructions carefully.
Be sure your space heater has the label showing it is listed by a recognized testing laboratory
Never leave a space heater unattended.
Plug your space heater directly into a wall outlet. Never use an extension cord or power strip.
Be sure to place the space heater at least 3 feet from anything that can burn.
Inspect heater cords and plugs before  use. If damaged, do not use.
Space heaters are only meant to supplement heat.
Always plac e your space heater on a level surface.

For more tips on using electric space heaters visit: esfi.org, nfpa.org or cpsc.gov

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