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Monday, November 29, 2010

12 Point Checklist for Portable Heater Safety

From  Brian Humphrey at LAFD

With temperatures diminishing across the nation, many Americans are using portable electric heaters.

While they can be an efficient way to warm a room or supplement central heating, portable electric heaters can also be a fire or electric shock hazard if not used properly.

The Los Angeles Fire Department joins the Association of Home Appliance Manufacturers (AHAM) in encouraging the safe use of portable electric heaters:

  • Read the manufacturer's instructions and warning labels before using your heater.
  • Never leave an operating heater unattended and always unplug the heater when not in use.
  • Unplug the heater by pulling the plug straight from the outlet. Inspect the power cord regularly, and never use a heater with a damaged cord.
  • Check periodically for a secure plug/outlet fit. If the plug does not fit snugly into the outlet or if the plug becomes very hot, the outlet may need to be replaced. Check with a qualified electrician to replace the outlet.
  • Do not use a power strip or extension cord to power your heater. Overheating of the power strip or extension cord could result in a fire.
  • Do not plug any other electrical device into the same outlet as your heater. This could result in overheating.
  • String the included power cord above any rug or carpeting. Anything you place on top of a cord - including furniture, may damage it.
  • Keep combustible materials such as furniture, pillows, bedding, papers, clothes, curtains, paint, gas cans and matches at least three feet from the front of the heater and away from the sides and rear. Do not block the heater's air intake or outlet.
  • Unless the heater is designed for outdoor use or in bathrooms, do not use in damp or wet areas. Parts in the heater may be damaged by moisture.
  • Place the heater on a level, flat surface. Only use a heater on tabletops when specified by the manufacturer.
  • Heaters should be kept away from pets and children and never used in a child's room without adult presence.
  • Seniors, the disabled, those living alone or in student housing may be at increased risk due to careless or improper use of heaters. If you know someone in this risk category, please share this safety list and your concerns.

To learn more, listen as FDNY Lieutenant Anthony Mancuso discusses portable electric heater safety:

...and describes how you can receive AHAM's free "Stay Safe!" brochure, by calling (888) 785-SAFE or visiting:




Anonymous Anonymous said:

Honestly, Joe, is this the right content for Mayor Sam?

November 29, 2010 9:30 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

"Read the manufacturer's instructions and warning labels before using your heater"

Gee, I never thought about reading the instructions. What'll they think of next?

November 29, 2010 9:31 PM  

Blogger Unknown said:

Anonymous @9:30,
Yes it is. Mayor Sam has a long history of posting alerts from Brian Humphrey and the LAPD. Now go play in the freeway.

November 29, 2010 9:34 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Oooooh, good come back, Joe. "Go play on the freeway." Betcha you spent a lot of time thinking THAT up!

November 29, 2010 9:40 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Thanks a half-million, then.

November 29, 2010 9:41 PM  

Blogger Unknown said:

"Go play on the freeway" is also a time honored tradition at Mayor Sam.

November 29, 2010 9:43 PM  

Anonymous Manfred Ullman said:

Just because something is old & worn, it doesn't make it good or worth keeping.

Give your mastery of insults, I'd expect better of you.

November 29, 2010 9:46 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

NEVER and we mean NEVER use an extension cord or power strip with an electric space heater!

November 29, 2010 9:46 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

lol 946.

yeah, only poor Mexican migrants do that, in order to keep the un-permitted garage unit warm.

November 29, 2010 9:47 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Damn, it's cold! Fire up the space heaters!

November 29, 2010 9:59 PM  

Anonymous Peter Lee said:

As owners of these portable heaters, we can all play our part to be careful and observe these precautions. Having said that we should also choose heaters that placed safety high in their features and designs. Like choose the unit that is equipped with auto-tilt valve that automatically shuts off when the unit accidentally tripped over just as an example.

November 30, 2010 7:32 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

"Go play on the freeway" coined by Mike Trujillo, I believe.

I think Michael Trujillo rocks this town! Love him...

December 01, 2010 11:50 AM  

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