The following is an excerpt from the article, “Stay Warm and Safe with Air Heaters. For more information please visit www.safetyathome.com.
Many families find that portable electric air heaters are an excellent secondary source of heat. To help make sure that your family is safe and secure this winter, follow a few simple safety precautions recommended by UL:
- Carefully read the operating instructions and markings the manufacturer includes with the air heater before using the product. These instructions contain important information about how to use the product safely and maintain it properly.
- Do not use the air heater unless you’ve carefully read the instructions. Avoid placing the air heater near water. The box or the instruction manual will indicate whether an air heater is intended for use in locations such as bathrooms or outdoors — if this information is missing, do not use the heater in either of these areas.
- Carefully inspect your heater and its electrical cord and plug before use. Never use a heater that is damaged.
- Use your air heater only as a supplementary source of heat. These devices are not intended to replace your home’s heating system and should not be used unless their use is supervised by an adult.
- To prevent a fire, keep combustibles such as draperies, clothing and furniture at a safe distance — at least three feet away — from the air heater.