New tips sheet addresses electric portable space heater safety


By Lisa Braxton

When I returned home last week after my travels during the holiday season, I turned up the thermostat and also plugged in the portable space heater to get rid of the chill. I wasn’t alone. As the temperature drops, many people are turning to electric portable space heaters to supplement central heat or to heat one room.

NFPA’s new Electric Portable Space Heater safety tips sheet provides safety recommendations for using this type of heater.

  • Purchase a heater with the seal of an independent testing laboratory
  • Choose a heater with a thermostat and overheat protection
  • Make sure your heater has an auto shut-off to turn the heater off if it tips over.

Additional tips and information about different types of space heaters are also included. The tips sheet is customizable. Organizations can include their name and contact information. NFPA has more than 100 safety tips sheets on a number of topics.

Source:: NFPA – Safety Information

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