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Space Heater Safety

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INdiana Labor Insider has published a great “end of the year” newsletter. Specifically, there is some very useful information on Space Heater Safety. Do you consistently plug in your space heater directly into the wall, not an extension cord? Take a look at the information below.

  • Be sure that your space heater: Is listed by Underwriters Laboratories or another nationally recognized testing laboratory (Ensures the device meets certain safety requirements), features automatic power-off for tip-overs, temperature control, etc.
  • Read and follow all manufacturers instructions of operation
  • Check space heater prior to use every time (Attachment cord, switches, protective grill cover, etc.)
  • Plug the space heater directly into a wall outlet; Never plug into an extension cord, power strip or surge protector
  • Never run cords under rugs, carpet or other material.
  • Always place the device on the floor; Never place space heaters on tables, desks, stacked objects or other unstable locations
  • Place space heaters at least three feet away from trash, waster receptacles and other combustibles.
  • Do not place space heaters near immediate exits or paths.
  • Do not place space heaters in wet or damp areas.
  • Do not place space heaters underneath desks (They can be easily kicked over or cause accidental burns)
  • Never leave space heaters unattended; Always turn off or unplug the devices before leaving the working area

*Please reference your local Fire Code for Space Heater permission



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