CPSC estimates that from 2008 to 2010, portable electric heaters were involved in approximately 1,200 fires per year.
Portable electric heaters are high-wattage appliances that have the potential to ignite nearby combustible materials like curtains, beds, sofas, paper, clothing, and flammable liquids. If ignition results from a heater left on and unattended, a major fire could result.
CPSC recommends the following for the safe use of electric heaters:
U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC)