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Electric Space Heaters and Blankets: Dos and Don’ts


  • DO read the manufacturer’s instructions and warning labels carefully before using any space heater or electric blanket.
  • DON’T leave a space heater or electric heating blanket unattended. Turn it off when you're leaving a room or going to sleep.
  • DO inspect heaters for cracked or broken plugs or loose connections before each use.
  • DON’T use the heater if plugs are frayed, worn or damaged.
  • DO keep heaters at least three feet away from anything that can burn, including papers, clothing and rugs.
  • DON’T use an electric blanket if there are dark, charred or frayed spots.
  • DO 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.
  • DON’T use electric blankets while sleeping or as a mattress pad.
  • DON’T place heaters on cabinets, tables, furniture or carpet, which can overheat and start a fire.
  • DON’T fold an electric blanket when it’s in use. Folded or tucked blankets could overheat and cause a fire.


Decorating for Electrical Safety!


  • When shopping for lights, electric decorations and extension cords, purchase only the ones that are UL-listed.
  • Choose decorations that are flame resistant or flame retardant.
  • Read and follow the manufacturers’ instructions.
  • If planning to decorate outdoors, make sure the decorations are suitable for outdoor use. Putting indoor-only products outside in the weather can result in electric shock and is a fire hazard.
  • Outdoor electric lights and decorations should be plugged into circuits protected by ground fault circuit interrupters.
  • Exercise caution when decorating near power lines. Keep yourself and your equipment at least 10 feet from power lines.
  • Always unplug lights before changing bulbs, replacing fuses or making any other repairs.
  • If you need to replace a bulb in a string of Christmas lights, make sure the wattage rating of the replacement bulb you’re using matches that of the light strand.
  • When hanging holiday lights outdoors, avoid electric shock by using a wood or fiberglass-reinforced plastic ladder instead of a metal ladder.
  • Avoid overpowering extension cords. Separately plug in each light to the wall for safe use.
  • Always turn off all lights and decorations before going to bed or leaving the house.

PLUG INTO HOME SAFETY - This booklet provides room-by-room home electrical safety tips! 

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