Can you put a space heater on a surge protector?
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. Do not plug any other electrical devices into the same outlet as the heater.
It's generally suggested that space heaters be placed at least 3 feet away from furniture, window treatments, bedding, clothing, rugs, and other combustibles. These items can cause a risk of fire if they come in contact with a unit's electric heating element or too-hot surface.
- This report only covers portable electric space heaters, which, according to the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), are the only type of unvented heater that's safe for use inside the home. However, while there's no carbon monoxide risk, electric space heaters still can be a safety hazard if used improperly.
- Have your furnace and fireplace cleaned and checked before each heating season. Only use fuel-burning space heaters in well-ventilated areas. Electrical space heaters pose no danger of carbon monoxide poisoning, unlike those that burn fuels, such as kerosene.
- Baseboard heaters are generally considered safe, and the fire danger is fairly low. Since an electric baseboard heater uses a convection process to heat, the heater does get hot. However, if a baseboard heater is used improperly there is a risk of fire, so keep these safety tips in mind when you're using your unit.
Do not leave your heater running overnight while you sleep. Wear long sleeves and layer up on blankets. Leaving a heater on overnight or unattended not only creates a potential safety risk, but it can also dry out your skin and nasal passages. As with any portable heater, it's essential to use the devices safely.
- Symptoms of a Bad or Failing Radiator
- Leaking coolant onto the floor. The coolant flows through the radiator, so if there is a leak in the radiator, coolant will leak onto the floor underneath the vehicle.
- Vehicle overheats. If your vehicle is constantly overheating, the radiator may be going bad.
- Sludge in the radiator.
- Low coolant.
- Do not continue to use a vehicle when overheating or with a cooling system leak. Continued driving may cause damage, and adding coolant to a leaking system will not get you very far. Once the engine is cooled, always check coolant levels in both the overflow reservoir or expansion tank (if fitted) and the radiator.
- A bad radiator cap can which allows the coolant to escape. A bad sensor can give incorrect readings and causes the warning light on the dash to come on. A blocked radiator can cause problems in the flow of the coolant, which could also cause the sensor to give an incorrect reading and force the light to turn on.
“Heating fires and the deaths they cause can usually be prevented with awareness and a few simple actions.” The leading factor contributing to space heater fires in general was heating equipment too close to things that can burn, such as upholstered furniture, clothing, mattress, or bedding.
- Do not plug any other electrical devices into the same outlet as the heater. Place space heaters on level, flat surfaces. Never place heaters on cabinets, tables, furniture, or carpet, which can overheat and start a fire. Always unplug and safely store the heater when it is not in use.
- A space heater is a device used to heat a single, small area. In contrast, central heating is used to heat many connected areas, such as all the rooms in a house. Portable space heaters are usually electric because a permanent exhaust is needed for heaters which burn a fuel.
- Safety and features. The primary risk of oil heaters is that of fire and burns. In both regards they are generally more dangerous than hydronics and air conditioning, but less dangerous than electric fan heaters or bar radiators; this is due to the surface temperature of each type of heater.
Updated: 2nd October 2019