Space Heater Safety

Any type of heating device must be used according to the manufacturer's instructions and adhere to any local ordinances or codes.  Even when used properly, these items still pose a threat to safety.

  • Always read and follow the directions in the instruction booklet.
  • Only use pure kerosene. NEVER substitute any alternative fuel!
  • Install either an ion or photo electric smoke detector.
  • Use the heater only during waking hours. Don't use it overnight or at any time while sleeping.
  • Open a window approximately 1 sq. inch for each 1,000 Btu capacity. On a 30" window, a 1/32" crack provides an opening of about 1 sq. in.
  • Always refuel out of doors with unit off. Wipe up any spills. A spill can be a slipping hazard, or a single spark could start a fire.
  • Place the heater away from combustible materials such as curtains, bedding, clothing, papers and other flammable materials.
  • Keep the heater out of traveled areas so that pets or humans do not bump it while walking by.
  • Clean and maintain the heater. If it is smoking or not working properly, have it repaired.
  •  Don't use flammable liquids or vapors near the heater. Tile cement, aerosols, lacquers and flammable liquids all can be ignited easily by the flame.
  • When extinguishing the flame, cut down on the amount of unburned hydrocarbons in the home by moving the heater outside.
  • Store kerosene in a clean container outside of the house, preferably in a shed. Don't completely fill the tank with cool fuel since it will expand when it gets into the warmth of a home, resulting in an overflow of fuel.
  • Don't let children operate or refuel the heater. Limit servicing of the unit to adults who are familiar with proper operating and safety procedures
  • Purchase a unit that has an automatic cut-off switch which will turn the heater off automatically if it is tipped over.
    Read the manufacturer's recommendations before using.
  • Keep away from water (sinks, showers, bathtubs) to prevent electric shock.
  • Do not use an extension cord.
  • Do not overload the circuit by plugging in multiple appliances into the same outlet.
  • Never leave a space heater unattended or leave children or pets alone in a room with a space heater.