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Rocky Mountain Power Urges Safe Handling of Space Heaters

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Officials from Rocky Mountain Power are reminding people to take care when using portable electric space heaters. A solution to supplement the warmth of your home, garage, or workshop. However, RMP warns they can also pose a safety hazard.

“Safety should always be the top consideration when using an electric space heater,” said Mike Felice, Rocky Mountain Power safety director. “Properly used, space heaters can help create a more comfortable environment to accomplish tasks during the cold winter months.”

Felice reminds the public to look for space heaters with adequate built-in safety features such as an automatic shut-off in case the heater tips over. In addition, space heaters should always be placed on a flat, level surface away from traffic areas and they should be plugged directly into the electrical outlet without using an extension cord.

Additional safety tips include:

  • Never leave a heater unattended. Turn heater off when leaving a room or going to sleep.
  • Do not let children or pets play near a space heater.
  • Use only space heaters with a label showing it has been tested and is listed by a recognized testing laboratory.
  • Follow manufacturer’s instructions and warning labels.
  • Before each use, inspect plugs and cords. If any show cracks, fraying or damage, do not use the heater.
  • Heaters must be kept at least three feet away from anything that can burn, including papers, clothing and rugs.
  • When not in use, unplug and safely store a space heater.

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