When Mother Nature can’t make up her mind and people are constantly wondering if it’s going to be cold or warm outside, many are looking to space heaters instead of continually changing their thermostat. Space heaters, when operated properly, are a safe, low-risk way to provide supplementary heat to your home and reduce your winter heating costs.
Beware, approximately 900 fires occur each year as a result of portable space heaters. And while that seems low, don’t let that number lull you into a sense of false sense of security. Even a small risk isn't worth taking. If you want to avoid becoming a statistic (and tragic headline on the evening news) take the time to learn how about space heater safety. Protect your home, your family and yourself from the threat of fire.
How to Find a Safe Space Heater
Not all space heaters are alike. Electric space heaters, in particular, have far less risk of fire than gas-fueled heaters, because there is no open flame or pilot light providing heat.
But even among electric heaters, some types provide more natural safety protection than others. You should look for space heaters that don't have exposed heating elements - metal coils or bulbs that glow when heated. Instead, think about heaters where the heating element is removed from direct exposure, such as:
Another class of safe space heaters is the wall heater. Because these are installed on a wall, they avoid many of the risks of portable space heaters that sit on the ground - they can't get knocked over, they can't have things dropped on them, and they're out-of-reach for small children and pets. This makes them a great alternative for preventing space heater fires and injuries.
Necessary Space Heater Safety Features
Whatever kind of portable heater you decide to buy, there are certain, built-in features you should look for to ensure the safest operation.
Space Heater Safety Tips