Space Heater & Electric Blanket Safety

Electric space heaters can help warm a room quickly. However, they can be as dangerous as convenient if used improperly. It’s important for everyone in the home to understand the importance of using space heaters safely:

  • Purchase only space heaters that have been safety tested and UL-approved. Make sure the unit has an emergency tip-over shut-off feature and heating element guards.
  • Before using a space heater, make sure your smoke and carbon monoxide detectors are in good working condition.
  • Place the heater on a level, hard, nonflammable floor surface—not on carpets, furniture, or countertops.
  • Keep space heaters at least 3 feet from flammable items such as draperies, blankets, and sofas.
  • Never use extension cords or multiple plugs with a space heater and make sure not to plug the unit into the same circuit as other electric appliances.
  • Never leave space heaters unattended. Turn off your space heater and unplug it before leaving the room or going to bed.
  • Replace older space heaters with newer, safer models.

Many people also use electric blankets to keep warm during cold winter nights. Follow these safety tips for electric blankets:

  • Before plugging in electric blankets, check for any damage and inspect the cord for frays, cracks, or cuts.
  • Do not tuck electric blankets under the mattress.
  • Do not place anything on top of the blanket while it’s in use, including comforters and bedspreads.
  • Do not allow pets to sleep on the electric blanket.

Watch your daily meter readings on SmartHub to see how your space heater or electric blanket will affect your bill. You will be surprised how much electricity they can use.