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Space Heater Safety

Learn about using space heaters safely
Older woman with space heater safely 3-feet away

Space heaters help to keep us warm in winter.

But space heaters can also cause deadly fires. Find out how to use space heaters safely.

Using space heaters safely

  • Keep space heaters 3 feet away from drapes, furniture or other things that can burn.
  • Plug space heaters directly into wall outlets. Do not use an extension cord, even a heavy-duty one with a power rating at least as high as that of the heater itself.
  • Turn off a space heater when you leave the room or when you go to bed. Never leave a space heater unattended or running while you sleep.
  • Put heaters on a level surface away from places where someone might bump into it and knock it over.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.
  • Read or print the brochure Space Heater Safety in English or Space Heater Safety in Spanish for additional tips.
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