When used properly, space heaters are a great way to stay warm — but they can also pose significant risks and be a fire hazard. Before plugging in your space heater, review the following tips to keep you and your family safe and warm this winter.

  • Always place a space heater on a hard, level surface.
  • Keep your heater at least three feet away from anything flammable, especially curtains and bedding, and away from people. 
  • Never leave a space heater running when a room is unoccupied. 
  • Only plug your space heater directly into a wall outlet. Never use an extension cord or power strip. 
  • Purchase a space heater with an auto shut-off feature in case the heater tips over. 
  • Don’t place space heaters in highly trafficked areas where someone may trip over it. 
  • Make sure smoke and carbon monoxide detectors are installed and functioning properly throughout your home.
  • Before using any space heater, read the manufacturer’s instructions and warning labels carefully.

We’re committed to keeping you safe. Get more safety tips here and learn about fire prevention from the National Fire Protection Agency

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