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Although heaters can account for a number of home heating fires every year, the heaters currently being manufactured are relatively safe. Most offer a number of safety features to prevent any safety hazards. However, precautions must still be taken when operating any type of heating device. 

Overall, oil-filled heaters are considered safer than regular electric convection or radiant heaters because they have lower surface temperatures and require less consideration of air flow through or over the heaters themselves. An oil-filled heater only warms the special oil inside its reservoir, making the unit extremely safe and easy to use.

Portable space heaters can cause fires when tipped over, but almost all portable electric heaters now being produced boast safety features such as safety switches, overheat protection functions, and indicator lights.  Modern space heaters are also subjected to rigorous laboratory testing and must pass certain safety standards. 

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Even though the high intensity of the output of space heaters may make them more susceptible to fires, most portable electric space heaters now being manufactured include many performance requirements in order to enhance user safety.

 When using any electric space heater, be sure to follow these safety tips:

  1. Never place a heater on furniture and use the heater on the floor for stability.  Never leave a heater unattended.

  2. Do not place or hide cords under carpets and rugs because placing anything on top of the cord could cause a heater to overheat. 

  3. Because a loose plug can overheat, make sure the plug fits properly into an outlet. Read the page about wattage, voltage, and BTUs for more information on the different types of plugs.

  4. Keep the heater away from debris, paints, solvents, and other flammable liquids

  5. Replace missing controls or guards at once to ensure proper working order of your heater.  Never operate a defective heater and replace a worn-out plug if necessary. 

  6. Use propane heaters in well-ventilated areas like warehouses or backyards because fuel heaters emit carbon monoxide.



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