10 Space heater safety tips

With cold weather gripping many parts of the country, space heaters can help keep our homes warm. If you use a space heater, keep these safety tips in mind.

• Have a gate, guard, or grate around the space heater's elements.

• Make sure the space heater meets the safety standards of Underwriters Laboratory (UL).

• Keep a space heater at least 3 feet away from drapery, furniture, waste baskets, and other combustible materials.

• Never allow children or pets near a space heater.

• Turn a space heater off when you leave and while you sleep.

• Do not use heaters in wet or damp areas, by a sink, or in a bathroom.

• Discard any space heater that is old or damaged.

• Keep a space heater on a level surface.

• Install a working smoke alarm in any room where a space heater is located.

• Do not use a space heater to dry wet clothing or to warm bedding. Use space heaters only to warm a room.