Space Heater Safety Tips

Space heaters are a great way to warm up specific rooms in your home without turning up the thermostat for the whole house. But using a space heater doesn’t come without risks. Following the safety tips below will help you keep you both warm AND safe while using a space heater.


  • Plug your space heater directly into the wall outlet
  • Keep your space heater at least three feet from kids, pets, and flammable items.
  • Keep your space heater in low-moisture rooms.
  • Follow the manufacturer’s instructions for proper safe operation of the space heater.
  • Buy a unit with an automatic shutoff in case it tips over, or you forget to shut it off.


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

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Mary Mills
Mary Mills
3 years ago

Buy one that shuts off automatically if something is dropped on it like clothing

Switchboards Australia

Interesting information over here.
Totally agree with you, Spot space warmers on level, level surfaces. Never place radiators on cupboards, tables, furniture, or floor covering, which can overheat and light a fire.

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