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Space Heater Safety PSA

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January 28, 2020
Kittitas County Community Development Services
Public Service Announcement
Space Heater Safety
Kittitas County, WA - 01/28/2020 - Portable Space Heaters
The Fire Marshal would like to remind the public about safety and the use of portable space heaters.  According to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), heating equipment is the second-leading cause of home fires in the United States and the third-leading cause of home fire deaths between 2012 and 2016.  More than half of all home heating fire deaths resulted from fires that were started because combustible material such as upholstered furniture, clothing, mattresses, or bedding were too close.

Electric Space Heaters: 

  1. The electric space heater cannot exceed a temperature of 212 degrees Fahrenheit.
  2. The electric heater must be listed – i.e. have a UL listing or other accepted laboratory testing label.
  3. MUST be plugged directly into an electrical outlet capable of providing the amperage needed  (can be determined on breaker.)
  1. The use of an extension cord is not recommended
  2. Should not be plugged into a power strip
  1. The electric heater shouldn't be located within 3 feet of combustibles and only used in locations that it is listed for.
  2. It is good practice to turn the heater off when not occupying the area.

Stationary heaters, water heaters, and central heating systems should be installed by a qualified professional.  

Have heating equipment and chimneys cleaned and inspected each year by a professional.

Always use the correct fuel specified by the manufacturer.

Wood burning stoves must be installed following the manufacturer's instructions.  Check with your local jurisdiction to determine if a permit is required before installing a wood stove or fireplace.

Install and maintain CO detectors to avoid the risk of CO poisoning.

Kittitas County, from the Cascades to the Columbia, and online at
For more information:
Patrick Nicholson, Fire Marshal 509-962-7000
Patrick Nicholson, Fire Marshal