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Space Heater Safety Tips

Space heaters are a great way to warm specific rooms in your home without having to crank up the thermostat, but using space heaters doesn't come without risk!  Use the tips below to keep your home safe:

  • DO: Plug your space heater directly into the wall outlet.
  • DO: Buy a unit with an automatic shutoff in case the unit tips over, or you forget to switch it off.
  • DO:  Keep your space heater in low-moisture rooms.
  • DO:  Keep your space heater at a safe distance (at least 3 feet) from kids, pets, and flammable items.
  • DO:  Always follow the directions and take a broken space heater to a qualified appliance service center or replace it with a new one.


  • DON'T:  Leave your space heater unattended.  Always unplug it before you leave the house or go to bed.
  • DON'T:  Use an extension cord to plug in your space heater.  It can cause the heater to overheat, and can be a tripping hazard.
  • DON'T:  Place your space heater near curtains, clothing, furniture or bedding.
  • DON'T:  Try to repair a broken space heater yourself.
  • DON'T:  Put your space heater in your bathroom.  The moisture can damage the unit, which could cause it to malfunction. 
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