Portable Electric Heater Fire Safety Tips
All heaters are dangerous if not used properly.
According to the National Fire Protection Association, most
home-heating fires involve portable or "space" heaters; so
electric heaters must be selected and used with care:
- Choose models that have automatic safety switches that turn off the unit if it is tipped over accidentally.
- Always look for a label or tag indicating the heater has been tested/approved by a recognized independent testing lab.
Madison General Ordinance 30.03 specifies that
portable electric heaters are for temporary use only during outages
or repairs to the main heating unit, and not as permanent
supplements to your main heating unit. Also, never use the stovetop
burners or oven to heat a house or apartment.