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Space Heater Safety Tips

Space Heater Safety Tips

The leaves are beginning to fall, the days are getting shorter and the temperatures are cooling. For many of, this transition into the fall season also means we will be spending more and more time indoors for the next few months. As we move into this time of year and seek warmth indoors, we should continue to make safety a priority as well. If some of your home’s warmth comes courtesy of an electric space heater, the Grand River Dam Authority wants to pass along the following safety tips to you. They come courtesy of the Electric Safety Foundation International (esfi.org).

  • First of all, make sure your space heater has the label showing that it is listed by a recognized testing laboratory. And, before using any space heater, read the manufacturer’s instructions and warning labels carefully.
  • Inspect the heater. Does it have cracked or broken plugs, or any loose connections? If so, do not use it.
  • Never leave a space heater unattended. Turn it off when you're leaving a room or going to sleep, and don't let pets or children play too close to a space heater.
  • Remember, space heaters are only meant to provide supplemental heat and should never be used to warm bedding, cook food, dry clothing or thaw pipes.
  • Proper placement of space heaters is critical. Heaters must be kept at least three feet away from anything that can burn, including papers, clothing and rugs. Also, locate space heaters out of high traffic areas and doorways where they may pose a tripping hazard. Place them on level, flat surfaces. Never place heaters on cabinets, tables, furniture, or carpet, which can overheat and start a fire.
  • Plug space heaters directly into a wall outlet. Do not use an extension cord or power strip, which could overheat and result in a fire. Do not plug any other electrical devices into the same outlet as the heater.

These are just a few of the tips you should keep in mind. For more electric safety information, visit esfi.org. Your friends at GRDA want you to stay safe and warm this season. 

Headquartered in Vinita, GRDA is Oklahoma’s largest public power utility; fully funded by revenues from electric and water sales instead of taxes. Each day, GRDA strives to be an “Oklahoma agency of excellence” by focusing on the 5 E’s: employees, electricity, economic development, environmental stewardship, and efficiency. 

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