Space Heater Safety Tips
During the cold New England winters, many homeowners use space heaters to help heat their homes. But space heaters can also cause deadly fires if left unattended or used improperly. To help keep your family safe, follow the mass.gov safety tips listed below.
Using space heaters safely
- Keep space heaters 3 feet away from drapes, furniture or other things that can burn.
- Put heaters on a level surface away from places where someone might bump into it and knock it over.
- Avoid using extension cords. If you must use an extension cord, use a heavy duty one marked with a power rating at least as high as that of the heater itself.
- Never leave a space heater unattended.
- Never leave a space heater on while you sleep.
- Supervise children and pets near space heaters.
- Buy heaters that are tested and labeled by a nationally recognized testing company, such as Underwriter’s Laboratories Inc.(UL).
- Keep electric heaters away from water. Never use them near a sink or in the bathroom.
- Never use an unvented kerosene heater. It is illegal to sell or use them in Massachusetts.